TEPA LAUNCHES EXPORT HANDBOOK AND WEBSITE
The Dennery South Constituency Council has embarked upon an iniatitive to remove the troublesome Sargassum seaweed from the Dennery coastline. The exercise includes both the disposal and recycling of the seaweed.
Chairman of the Council, Mr. Jerome Gideon, said: “We started off by trying to remove as much of the Sargassum as we could on the beachfront, especially around the Seafood Fiesta area. We utilized a backhoe and excavator, and we dug holes and scraped the seaweed from the beachfront and buried it in the holes.
“We also had help from a gentleman named Johannes Leonce who came in with a truck and collected truckloads of the seaweed to use as fertilizer.“Mr. Gideon says, however, that the community and potential partners that the council has tried to engage have been slow to show their support with the activity to rid the beach of the Sargussum.
Dennery Resident, Joseph Charles, said: “The accumulation of the seaweed has caused a problem whereby when it rains and water gets under there, it rots and the seaweed stinks, and frankly the smell is unbearable. So what they are doing here is a measure to alleviate that.”
Mr. Gideon made special mention of Mr. Valton and Mr. Brian of the Dennery South Constituency in recognition of their pro-bono support. He says the council intends to continue this activity on a weekly basis to maintain the strides achieved.
The Saint Lucia Trade Export Promotion Agency (TEPA) has launched its Export Handbook, the definitive guide for Saint Lucian businesses looking to export their goods to a wider market, and has also launched its redesigned website.
TEPA unveiled tools before a gathering of manufacturers and service suppliers as well as sister agencies like the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards and the Small Business Development Centre (formerly SEDU). The unveiling took place on Wednesday September 30th at the Coco Palm Conference Centre, bringing the curtains down on Business Month 2015.
TEPA is charged with the responsibility for coordinating and spearheading all activities related to export promotion, including assisting exporters with the export process. The Handbook provides an easy-tounderstand step-by-step guide of the procedures involved in exporting a product and services from Saint Lucia, and is a convenient tool as it provides, all in one place, research that would have had to be conducted by business owners.
Small and Micro Enterprises was named as a priority group of focus for the Ministry by Hon. Emma Hippolyte, Minister for Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer. In her remarks, Minister Hippolyte spoke of the opportunity of technology for doing business and the importance of positioning and equipping all categories of business and enterprise to grow and expand.
“The Export Handbook was an initiative that grew from a need that we saw to alleviate the cumbersome process of meeting the requirements especially for SMEs. In our quest to increase the aggregate volume and value of exports, we continue to find ways to make export-related processes less burdensome”, the Minister said.
The website, www. tepa.org.lc is a multi-device accessible tool designed to assist users with market research and also to inform the visitor on news in local regional and international trade. It is a major resource for trade and export information gathering and sharing. This website features a series of information products designed to answer a myriad of questions that users may have. It is also a portal which will give users access to TEPA’s staff, export statistics, and trade agreements onto which Saint Lucia has signed. It is intended to be a one-stop shop for information on Saint Lucia Exports and international trade.
In his remarks, TEPA’s Chairman, Ronald Ramjattan, described the creation of the tools as ‘TEPA’s mandate in action’. “As the leading agency charged with the responsibility to promote and expand business in export markets around the world, it is imperative to create avenues for the provision of information and support to local businesses and buyers”, he concluded.
The Export Handbook will be available in hard copy for interested persons and organisations.