At the International Poultry Exposition 1999 held in Atlanta, GA., USA in January 1999, Caribbean attendees were requested by Mr. Bruce Hanson, then CEO of Gladstone Farms Ltd, The Bahamas and Mr. Robert Levy, then Executive Chairman of the Jamaica Broilers Group Ltd to attend a meeting to discuss common issues facing the regional industry.
Present at the meeting were :
Bruce Hanson , Gladstone Farms Ltd, The Bahamas – Convenor
Godfrey Eneas, ditto
Robert Levy, JB Group Ltd, Jamaica – Co-convenor
Mark Wildish, ditto
Leon Headley, ditto
David Lyn, CB Group Ltd., Jamaica
Dr. Keith Amiel, ditto
Peter de Freitas, Chickmont Foods Ltd., Barbados
Vernon Weekes, Pinnacle Feeds Ltd., Barbados
Carlyle Braithwaite, Barbados Egg & Poultry Producers’ Association
Fazal Mohammed, WGM Group Ltd., Trinidad & Tobago
Patrick de Groot, Bounty Farm Ltd., Guyana
Robert Badal, Guyana Stockfeeds Ltd
Robin Phillips, Supermix/Arawak Group Ltd, Trinidad & Tobago
Richard Bovell, Malabar Farms Ltd., Trinidad & Tobago
Anselm Walters, National Flour/Feed Mills Ltd., Trinidad & Tobago
Dr. Desmond A. Ali, Business Consultant , Trinidad & Tobago
The major issue raised at the meeting was the threat being posed to the poultry industry in The Bahamas from both legal and illegal imports mainly of leg quarters from the USA.
After much discussion on the trade issue which was a common issue around the table and other common issues, it was decided to form the Caribbean Poultry Association as a body to represent regional poultry and feed producers.
Members agreed on the following:
that the CPA would be the regional body representing the poultry industry
Membership would be restricted to national poultry associations, poultry and egg farmers, poultry meat and egg processors, feed manufacturers and stakeholders with an interest in the industry.
to promote the development, growth and expansion of the CARICOM poultry & feed industries and to encourage the growth and development of economic linkages and Agribusiness in the CARICOM Region through the provision of technical assistance, business guidance, networking, establishment of strategic alliances, economic assistance and service to operators in the poultry industry and associated activities
be registered in Jamaica
the First President would be Bruce Hanson and the General Manager would be Godfrey Eneas
The CPA was registered as a not-for-profit legal entity in Jamaica by Stephen Virtue who was then the attorney to the JB Group Ltd. The CPA was incorporated under the Companies Ordinance of Jamaica. The Head Office was located at the headquarters of the JB Group at Content, McCooks Pen, St. Catherine, Jamaica. Bankers were Citbank NA, Jamaica.
The incorporation process was fully completed in 2000.
The terms of office for Bruce Hanson ended in 2001 in which year, Fazal Mohammed was elected President and Chairman of the Board.
A new General Manager was selected in early 2002 when Mr. Robert Best was appointed. The position was later changed to Executive Director, which position Mr. Best held until 2009.
The following have served the CPA as President:
Fazal Mohammed Trinidad & Tobago) – 2001
Peter de Freitas (Barbados) - 2002
Robert Levy (Jamaica) - 2003
Bernhard Bergen (Belize) -2004
Dr. Keith Amiel (Jamaica) - 2005 &2006
Vernon Weekes (Barbados) -2007
Patrick de Groot - 2008
Peter de Freitas - 2009 & 2010
Christopher Levy (Jamaica)` - 2011
Shameer Ronnie Mohammed (Trinidad & Tobago) - 2012 & 2013
Patrick de Groot (Guyana) - 2014 & 2015
David Reimer (Belize, President-Elect) - 2016 & 2017
In 2001, the CPA elected to have an Executive Committee of the Board as a decision-making body acting on behalf of the Board and the membership in between Board meetings. This Executive Committee of the Board consists of :
In the 15 years of its existence, the CPA has established a solid reputation as an outstanding private sector association, advocacy group and spokesman for the regional poultry and feeds industries.