Saint Lu­cia Coali­tion of Ser­vices Pro­vides Fur­ther Ex­port De­vel­op­ment Train­ing

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Saint Lu­cia Coali­tion of Ser­vice In­dus­tries (SLCSI) is em­bark­ing on the pro­vi­sion of yet another round of ex­port de­vel­op­ment train­ing for lo­cal ser­vice providers aimed at strength­en­ing their ex­port ca­pac­ity and readi­ness.

Two pre-qual­i­fied mem­bers of SLCSI were re­cently cer­ti­fied to pro­vide this high-level train­ing, which the SLCSI will be­gin de­liv­er­ing shortly to lo­cal ser­vice providers via in­ter­ac­tive work­shops, sem­i­nars and other ap­pro­pri­ate plat­forms.

Keith Miller and Claudius “Peto” Fran­cis re­cently at­tended a Ser­vices Ex­port­ing Train-the-Train­ers Pro­gramme in Bar­ba­dos. It was part of a se­ries de­signed to fast-track Small and Medium En­ter­prise (SME) ser­vice providers through the var­i­ous stages of ex­port prepa­ra­tion.

The train­ing was pro­vided on a re­gional scale through the Caribbean Net­work of Coali­tion of Ser­vice In­dus­tries (CNCS) by “Ser­vices Go Global” (SGG), a ser­vices ex­port train­ing pro­gram. SGG is an in­struc­torled, com­pe­tency-based ex­port train­ing pro­gramme for ser­vice providers, and is in fact the world’s only ex­port-readi­ness train­ing pro­gramme for ser­vices ex­porters and would-be ex­porters.

The train­ing pro­gramme that will be fa­cil­i­tated by the SLCSI in the months ahead will follow a log­i­cal and se­quenced road map ap­proach to ser­vices ex­port­ing. Ex­porters and po­ten­tial ex­porters will be taken through four stages and 12 mod­ules of ex­port prepa­ra­tion, based on glob­ally ac­cepted strate­gies and best prac­tices. Th­ese ses­sions will cover ar­eas such as as Pre­par­ing Your Business, Con­duct­ing Mar­ket Re­search, De­vel­op­ing a Mar­ket­ing Strat­egy, and En­ter­ing the Mar­ket. The ses­sions will in­clude pre­sen­ta­tions, round­table dis­cus­sions, coach­ing, ex­er­cises, case stud­ies, tools and tem­plates.

Tar­geted ben­e­fi­cia­ries of this train­ing in­clude all SME ser­vice firms or ser­vice providers within the lo­cal ser­vices sec­tor – in­clud­ing, but not limited to, Cre­ative and Cul­tural In­dus­tries, Man­age­ment Con­sul­tants, ICT providers, Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Business Process Out­sourc­ing, Pro­fes­sional Ser­vices, Business Ser­vices, Con­struc­tion re­lated, Health and Well­ness Tourism, Travel re­lated, Ar­chi­tect and Plan­ning, Audio-visual, Fash­ion and De­sign, Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing, En­gi­neer­ing, En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices, Events Man­age­ment, Fi­nance and In­vest­ment, HRD, Le­gal Ser­vices and Trans­porta­tion Ser­vices.

Other stake­hold­ers are ex­pected to part­ner with and lend support to this un­der­tak­ing.

The main ob­jec­tives of “Ser­vices Go Global” in­clude as­sist­ing ser­vice firms in im­prov­ing their com­pet­i­tive­ness and achiev­ing suc­cess in the global mar­ket­place; in­creas­ing ser­vice ex­ports; de­vel­op­ing and in­creas­ing growth of the ser­vice sec­tor.

Other very im­por­tant ob­jec­tives and an­tic­i­pated out­comes or ben­e­fits from the train­ing pro­gramme are the earn­ing of for­eign ex­change and in­creas­ing of prof­its; boost­ing in­no­va­tion and com­pet­i­tive­ness through ex­po­sure to new ideas; in­creas­ing mar­ket size, thereby al­low­ing for spe­cial­iza­tion; mit­i­gat­ing the risks of do­ing business in only one coun­try; and en­hanc­ing cred­i­bil­ity through par­tic­i­pa­tion in the global mar­ket-place.

SLCSI will through var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ca­tions me­dia keep stake­hold­ers, prospec­tive par­tic­i­pants and in­ter­ested per­sons in­formed as to the ex­act de­tails of this very im­por­tant train­ing pro­gramme.

Par­tic­i­pants at re­cent ser­vices ex­port train­ing

work­shop in Bar­ba­dos.

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