The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The lead­er­ship of the Bri­tish Caribbean Cham­ber of Com­merce in Saint Lu­cia have con­tin­ued their pro­gramme of meet­ings to mark the estab­lish­ment of the new Cham­ber with a se­ries of cour­tesy calls on Gov­ern­ment and busi­ness lead­ers in Saint Lu­cia, cul­mi­nat­ing in an hour­long dis­cus­sion with Prime Min­is­ter, The Hon­ourable Dr Kenny An­thony at the Of­fi­cial Res­i­dence in Vigie.

Dr Ian Kelly, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive and Pauline Wade, Deputy CEO, from the Bri­tish Cham­ber of Com­merce in the UK, to­gether with John Kennedy, Pres­i­dent of the BCCC Saint Lu­cia and the Saint Lu­cia Coun­try Manager Randy Cato held de­tailed dis­cus­sions with key pol­icy mak­ers in­clud­ing The Hon­ourable Emma Hyp­polyte, Min­is­ter of Com­merce, Busi­ness Devel­op­ment, In­vest­ment and Con­sumer Af­fairs.

In ad­di­tion, de­tailed dis­cus­sions took place be­tween the del­e­ga­tion and Mr McHale An­drew, CEO of In­vest Saint Lu­cia, where in­for­ma­tion ex­change, know-how and best prac­tice were top­ics un­der dis­cus­sion with the pur­pose of al­low­ing the Cham­ber to pro­duce an early tem­plate on ac­cess to mar­ket and ease of do­ing busi­ness.

Dur­ing dis­cus­sions with The Hon­ourable Emma Hyp­polyte, Dr Ian Kelly raised the prospects of in­clud­ing Saint Lu­cian par­tic­i­pants in fu­ture cul­tural events in the United King­dom as a way of rais­ing aware­ness of brand Saint Lu­cia. It was agreed that some spe­cific op­por­tu­ni­ties would be ex­plored be­tween the par­ties as well as the more tra­di­tional di­rect com­mer­cial as­pects of the BCCC Saint Lu­cia’s work.

Dis­cus­sions with The Hon­ourable Dr Kenny An­thony ad­dressed the means of en­hanc­ing and build­ing upon the his­toric re­la­tion­ship be­tween the United King­dom and Saint Lu­cia as a route to fu­ture trade and in­vest­ment. The Prime Min­is­ter un­der­scored the mes­sage that Saint Lu­cia was open for busi­ness, hav­ing passed through a pe­riod of eco­nomic chal­lenge, pre­sented by the ef­fects of global re­ces­sion. The Prime Min­is­ter gave the del­e­ga­tion an up­beat re­port on signs of eco­nomic growth and po­ten­tial, while the BCCC Saint Lu­cia Cham­ber mem­bers ex­pressed their op­ti­mism at in­creas­ing in­vest­ment trends out of the UK. In par­tic­u­lar, the meet­ing ad­dressed the op­por­tu­ni­ties for Agro-Com­merce and stim­u­lat­ing and re­viv­ing the un­der-utilised agri­cul­tural sec­tor.

Dur­ing dis­cus­sions with The Hon­ourable Dr Kenny An­thony, cli­mate change and al­ter­na­tive en­ergy were top­ics of dis­cus­sion and the op­por­tu­ni­ties that arose out of this sec­tor, for in­vest­ment and en­ergy se­cu­rity, were recog­nised as an area for po­ten­tial col­lab­o­ra­tion.

The Prime Min­is­ter com­pli­mented the Cham­ber on ap­point­ing a Coun­try Manager who was al­ready now at his desk and ac­tive.

Saint Lu­cia Coun­try Manager Randy Cato (right) and Prime Min­is­ter Kenny An­thony (sec­ond from right) meet with mem­bers of the Bri­tish Cham­ber.

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