Mission Goals

This Mission will demonstrate the United States’ continued commitment to the markets of Central America and the Dominican Republic since the passage and implementation of the CAFTA-DR. The Business Development Mission to Central America and the Dominican Republic will assist U.S. businesses to initiate or expand their exports and investment opportunities to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua’s leading industry sectors by making business-to-business introductions, providing first-hand market access information, and providing access to government decision makers. The Mission specifically aims to:

Assist U.S. companies already doing business in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua to increase their business there;

Assist U.S. companies that are experienced exporters to enter the Costa Rican, Dominican Republic and Nicaraguan markets for the first time;

Assist our CAFTA-DR partners in attracting additional direct investment from the United States;

Address obstacles to trade in Central America and the Dominican Republic, including transparency, rule of law, financial reform and intellectual property rights protection; and

Provide information on U.S. Government trade financing programs, through the inclusion of representatives from OPIC, USTDA, Ex-Im, and USAID (as appropriate).