Saint Lu­cian pro­duc­ers pre­pare for a B'dos mar­ket mis­sion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Anum­ber of Saint Lu­cian busi­nesses will head off on a two-day busi­ness re­con­nais­sance mis­sion to Bar­ba­dos from Oc­to­ber 12th - 14th, 2015. These com­pa­nies com­prise man­u­fac­tur­ers of awnings, PVC cladding and rail­ings, nat­u­ral health prod­ucts, juices and wa­ter, pa­per prod­ucts and craft items, wed­ding plan­ning and mar­ket­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices. The mis­sion is vi­tal to the quest for new mar­kets within CARICOM in the first in­stance, for Saint Lu­cian pro­duc­ers of­fer­ing com­pet­i­tive prod­ucts and ser­vices.

The aim of the mis­sion is to ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop re­la­tion­ships with po­ten­tial Bar­ba­dian im­porters, dis­trib­u­tors and trade of­fi­cials. To that end, the Saint Lu­cian com­pa­nies will meet with sev­eral mar­ket play­ers in­clud­ing a num­ber of Bar­ba­dian com­pa­nies, to es­tab­lish crit­i­cal link­ages for dis­tri­bu­tion of goods and ser­vices as well as po­ten­tial joint ven­tures, which they hope will re­sult in mu­tu­ally prof­itable and sus­tain­able re­la­tion­ships be­tween Bar­ba­dos and Saint Lu­cia.

The up­com­ing Bar­ba­dos trade mis­sion is be­ing un­der­taken through the fa­cil­i­ta­tion of the Saint Lu­cia Trade Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Agency (TEPA), and comes on the heels of the re­cent launch by TEPA of an Ex­porter's Hand­book and TEPA's re­branded web­site that makes up-to-the-minute trade mar­ket in­tel­li­gence avail­able to Saint Lu­cian pro­duc­ers and en­trepreneurs.

TEPA is a unit of the Min­istry of Com­merce, Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment, In­vest­ment and Con­sumer Af­fairs in Saint Lu­cia.

Saint Lu­cia TEPA is the gov­ern­ment's na­tional trade ex­port and pro­mo­tion agency, and is the lead agency man­dated to spear­head the is­land's Na­tional Ex­port De­vel­op­ment Ef­fort. The over­all ob­jec­tive is to in­crease ag­gre­gate vol­ume and value of ex­ports from Saint Lu­cia.

TEPA works to pro­mote and ex­pand busi­ness in ex­port mar­kets world-wide. It as­pires to in­crease lo­cal ex­ports, to as­sist lo­cal busi­nesses im­prove prof­itabil­ity and long term sus­tain­abil­ity, thus mak­ing a di­rect and valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the Saint Lu­cian econ­omy.

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