The first consultation of the Office of Trade Negotiations facilitated by the CAIC on the Future Direction of CARICOM's External Trade Policy was well attended on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, providing insight into challenges with existing agreements, the direction that countries such as Jamaica, Barbados, Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago are looking towards, as well as the framework required to go forward.

Participants included representatives from
- Jamaica Chamber of Commerce
- Bahamas Chamber of Commerce
- St Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Commerce
- Suriname Chamber of Commerce
- Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce
- Haiti Chamber of Commerce
- Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association
- Barbados Coalition of Service Industries
- Grace Kennedy
- Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants
- and various other private sector companies