The Jamaican economy is the second largest in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) trading bloc and is highly open. Jamaica is considered a trading nation with good prospects to increase exports. However, the country was under-performing, resulting in a widening trade deficit. In addition, Jamaica was heavily dependent on services trade (mainly tourism), which accounted for nearly 65% Gross Domestic Product (2013 est.). In addition, Jamaica’s trade was too focused on two main partners North America and the EU, which together accounted for nearly 80% of the country’s exports. Jamaica needed to diversify its export sector and its markets. A National Export Strategy was needed.