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Central America and The Caribbean - Economic and Business Development Contacts

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Scroll down for the directory of area representatives for promotion of economic development and other contacts for foreign direct investment - FDI - projects in the Central America and Caribbean region.  This includes countries of the new Central America Free Trade Area (CAFTA) and the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).
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Information about Cityscape USA - This successful series of global events about commercial real estate investment and city development projects in big emerging markets will come to New York City in September 2008, and will also showcase developments in North American cities to major foreign investors.  Contact us for details.

Cityscape Latin America - Sao Paulo  November 4-6, 2008

Cityscape Dubai   October 6-9, 2008

Cityscape Abu Dhabi   May 13-15, 2008

Cityscape India - Mumbai, December 8-10. 2008

Cityscape China - Shanghai June 25-27, 2008

Cityscape Asia  - Singapore April 14-16, 2009

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Selective list of special reports in fDi magazine about business locations in Central America and the Caribbean - see back issues

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See how to request a relevant directory listing Economic development representatives in the region are encouraged to reply to our GUIDE Network Survey to inform us about their areas

See also maps for Mexico and the directory of economic development contacts for Mexico or other global regions.


See explanation of column headings below Suggestions are welcome , and please report any broken links.
Central America  - Maps of the region Scope


GDI : Bruce

Website and other resources Survey Profile
Belize Chamber of Commerce National No No
Belize Trade & Investment Development Services National     No No
Costa Rican Investment Board CINDE National

Investors Manual

No No
El Salvador - PROESA National No No
El Salvador National Investment Promotion Commission National     No No
Guatemala Investment Promotion Agency National No No
Guatemalan Development Foundation National     No No
Honduras National     No No
Pro Nicaragua - Managua National 011-505-270-6400 No No
Panama National     No No
ARI, Panama No No
Caribbean Region  - Maps of the region Scope


GDI : Bruce

Website and other resources Survey Profile
Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO) National No No
Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce National No No
Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association National No No
US Virgin Islands Region

No No
Jamaica - JAMPRO National No No
Bahamas Investment Authority National No No
Anguilla Ministry of Finance       No No
Antigua & Barbuda Ministry of Trade, Industry & Commerce       No No
Aruba Dept of Economic Affairs, Commerce & Industry National     No No
Barbados Investment & Dev Corp National No No
Bermuda Land Dev. Co. No No
Cayman Islands Govt. Portfolio of Finance & Econ Dev National No No
National Development Corporation - Commonwealth of Dominica National 1-767 448 2045 No No
Dominican Republic Investment Promotion Office OPIRD/DR-OPIN National No No
Netherlands Antilles - Business Curaçao National No No
St. Lucia Development Corp National

No No
Trinidad - TIDCO National No No
Explanation of column headings above
  •  Organizations are generally sorted in postal code order so that locations which are geographically close to each other will usually (not always) be grouped together.  This is a selective directory, even though the state directory is more comprehensive than the very selective one we will maintain at the regional level to highlight the organizations which support our work or are found to be of frequent interest for the convenience of the executives and business advisors we serve.
  •  Scope : is the area served by the organization, and postal code.  We may include thumbnail maps which expand to show information about participating areas, or link directly to good maps or GIS research tools on the organization's website.
  •  Contacts : If there is a working relationship through our various GUIDE services, we also list the key organization contact, phone, and optional e-mail.
  •  Website and other resources : Aside from the main website link, we may include other direct links to highlight special features of expected interest to executives, especially if they might not be readily noticed by just visiting the website.  A good example of this is when relevant content is actually maintained somewhere else, such as a regional website rather than the local one, so that one would otherwise need to know to follow the available links between the websites.
The default for all other columns is "No" unless the organization supports our work.
  •  Survey : areas which have responded to our GUIDE Network Survey, with a link to their response for convenience if published (optional) and highlighted at the top.  This is often useful as an executive summary at the "long list" stage of location selection.
  •  Profile : participates in our GUIDE Area Profile service (also highlighted at the top of the page).  This involves a closer working relationship to maintain more timely and detailed knowledge of the area throughout the year, and also involves a more detailed executive summary on the website, with many relevant links.  If there are significant incentives in the area, we may also link to a GUIDE Incentives Profile.
All area representatives are encouraged to reply to the free GUIDE Network Survey, which consists of very basic questions to help maintain timely knowledge about many areas for referral purposes.  Area representatives : see how to participate.  Current service pricing is listed on the Order Form (Adobe Acrobat .PDF file).  Refer also to any special offers.  Please help us to help you by supporting our work.

Executives who use this service are encouraged to respond to our free Executive Survey, which helps us to continuously improve.

The presence, absence, or position of any organization on these lists, or their position on the lists, does not imply any endorsement or opinion about their services, nor by them about our own.

The selections are simply intended to be helpful to executives who may be unaware of such contacts, or how to reach their websites quickly.  Please contact us directly for relevant introductions or any additional contacts, market knowledge, and research which we don't publish.

Contact information for relationship leaders at GDI Solutions :
Name e-mail Phone Fax
Bruce Donnelly 847-304-4655 847-304-5375
This open directory selectively highlights economic development organizations (EDO's, also sometimes known as investment promotion agencies - IPA's) and professional service provider contacts such as site selection or business location consultants and strategic business advisors in the Caribbean and Central America region by including more relevant links to useful content than just the local website.  We maintain a similar directory for economic development organizations in Puerto Rico in this region, as well as directories for other NAFTA and global regions.  The directory may also identify other contacts of potential interest to executives and business advisors on a selective basis, as in the case of the following initial examples.  We work together with EDO's to share timely knowledge about the benefits of their areas as we serve potential investors and advisors who are responsible for business location or site selection decisions for foreign direct investment (FDI) or capital investment projects such as new factories or offices, expansion projects, business relocation, and consolidation of operations as in post-merger integration situations.  Related services support global B2B technology partnering.
Other sources of information 
 The following additional sources of information are included here for ease of reference.  Refer also to the list of US Government and related information sources for this or other countries.  Have you found other good sources, or local contacts for economic development and investment support?  Please let us know so that we may share them with others.
General sources of information about doing business in the region Website
US Office of the Special Trade Representative - briefing materials on CAFTA
US Commercial Service information for US trade promotion in Central America

Country Commercial Guide

Costa Rica  Nicaragua

The Business Roundtable - US lobbying campaign on behalf of CAFTA ratification
Partners for the Americas
Free Trade Area of the Americas ( FTAA )
Central America Free Trade Area ( CAFTA ) - including the Dominican Republic  
Inter-American Development Bank
Financial Services Internet Network - list of websites for South and Central American banks (may not be current)
Univ. of Texas at Austin, Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC)
US Government link for international contact lists at embassies, consulates
InfoAmericas - market research and market entry services
Search Caribbean information on the business community
Inter-American Development Bank
Latin American Newsletters (LAN) - political, economic and social issues for Latin America and the Caribbean - paid subscriptions
Latin Business Chronicle
LatinSource - independent research on the economies of Latin America
Latin Trade magazine
Revista AmericaEconomia
Enfasis Logistica - specialty magazine in Spanish for markets in Mexico, Central America, and South America, particularly Argentina; publishes a Supplier's Directory each January, and a guide of exhibitors for Expologistica each July
Chambers of Commerce Website
Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America
Costa Rican American Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Industries of Costa Rica
Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce
Cámara de Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica y de Representantes de Casas Extranjeras (CRECEX)   - in Spanish
American Chamber of Commerce of El Salvador
American Chamber of Commerce in Guatemala
Honduran American Chamber of Commerce not yet identified
American Chamber of Commerce of Nicaragua
American Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Panama
American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic
Haitian American Chamber of Commerce and Industry
American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica
American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad & Tobago
Expatriate networking and news in the region  
A.M. Costa Rica - local news for North American expatriates in San Jose, Costa Rica
Corporate Real Estate Firms        

This section will be used  for convenience to highlight major corporate real estate firms with operations in the region.

See also the global CRE list, which can be used to find local offices of firms which may not be highlighted below.

We may also provide selective major property listings for the region, with links to the real estate firms and agents involved.

NAI Latin America and the Caribbean - Paul Caine covers NAI's 31 offices in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean      Paul Caine  TEL 619-236-1660 based in San Diego
Staubach SAC - tenant representation and related services (Spanish Americas & Caribbean)
Costa Rica Real Estate Brokers Board - residential and commercial
Business Location Consultants, Project Management, Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design, and Construction

This section will be used to highlight major firms within the region, as well as global firms with significant experience in the region.

See also the selective global lists of location consultants and project management services.

Cámara Costarricense de la Construcción  - in Spanish
Tax and Legal Consultants         

This section will be used to highlight major firms within the region, as well as global firms with significant experience in the region.

See also the selective global lists of tax advisors and international legal advisors.

KPMG Abogados, Costa Rica
Central America and Caribbean Banks     
Banco San José, Costa Rica
Banco Banex, Costa Rica  
Banco Cuscatlan, El Salvador
Banco de Occidente, Guatemala
Banco General, Panama
Banco Popular de Puerto Rico  (also in US Virgin Islands)

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