|OPORTUNITIES BETWEEN THE CARIBBEAN & CENTRAL AMERICA|
Aruba, January 19, 2012 - The crisis in developed countries are forcing Central American exporters to diversify, revealing a new found relationship between the Caribbean and Central America with great commercial potential. The Association of Caribbean States (ACS) is made up of 28 countries with a potential market of 63 million people. Some of these countries have relatively high per capital incomes, such as the Bahamas, where the average GDP is $22,900, or Trinidad and Tobago, with $18,600. Francisco Menendez, president of the Guatemalan Exporters Association, said that the Caribbean is a great opportunity that has not been used, as most countries import about 95 percent of what they consume.