An­other Suc­cess­ful Tai­wan-Saint Lucia Part­ner­ship Trade Expo!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By

Toni Ni­cholas

The Min­istry of Commerce, Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment, In­vest­ment and Con­sumer Af­fairs, in part­ner­ship with the Em­bassy of the Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan), this year hosted the 8th An­nual Tai­wanSaint Lucia Part­ner­ship Trade Ex­hi­bi­tion from Novem­ber 2729. The event was held at the John­sons Cen­tre, Rod­ney Bay and fea­tured sev­eral ex­hibitors from Saint Lucia and Tai­wan. Judg­ing by the re­sponses and feed­back from those who tra­versed the halls of the venue, the event ap­peared to be a suc­cess. Sev­eral lo­cal ex­hibitors also con­firmed making sales as well as con­tacts for the re­tail­ing of their prod­ucts.

The ob­jec­tive of the ex­hi­bi­tion is to present a wide range of qual­ity goods and ser­vices from Saint Lucia and the Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan) to the gen­eral pub­lic and the busi­ness com­mu­nity. It was an­tic­i­pated that this year’s ex­hi­bi­tion would serve as an op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate lu­cra­tive syn­er­gies be­tween the ex­hibitors, lo­cal in­vestors and the busi­ness com­mu­nity in or­der to foster and pro­mote trade and in­vest­ment be­tween Saint Lucia and the Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan).

At the for­mal open­ing of the ex­hi­bi­tion the Am­bas­sador of the Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan), Ray Hua-Wei Mou, em­pha­sized that the main pur­pose for Tai­wan-Saint Lucia Part­ner­ship Trade Ex­hi­bi­tion was to cre­ate the plat­form to in­tro­duce more of Tai­wan’s prod­ucts to Saint Lu­cian con­sumers and to pro­mote twoway trade.

“I am happy to an­nounce that un­der joint ef­fort of our two gov­ern­ments, the num­ber of ex­hibitors in the trade show this year has reached the his­tor­i­cal high by over 60,” he an­nounced.

The am­bas­sador also stated that to make the 2015 trade ex­hi­bi­tion more mean­ing­ful, the Tai­wan Em­bassy co­op­er­ated with the Min­istry of So­cial Trans­for­ma­tion to hold fund-rais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for the com­mu­nity af­ter-school pro­gramme dur­ing the trade show. “For that sake, the em­bassy has agreed to do­nate EC$5,000 to the pro­gramme,” he said.

Hun­dreds of Saint Lu­cians took the op­por­tu­nity to visit the trade ex­hi­bi­tion which fea­tured sam­pling of prod­ucts and cul­tural pre­sen­ta­tions on each

day.

Among the lo­cal ex­hibitors were Christine Sa­muels with her Christy Col­lec­tion line of bags, Shirley Ed­wards with her lo­cal Christ­mas adorn­ments, Ter­ril Ni­cholas of Il­lu­mi­nat­ing De­signs fash­ion jew­ellery and Maria Jackson of Ca­coa Sainte Lu­cie, pro­duc­ers of high-end choco­lates.

A num­ber of lo­cal au­thors also had their books on dis­play as well as pro­duc­ers of lo­cal condi­ments, wines, cloth­ing and tex­tiles.

The Tai­wanese were rep­re­sented by their Ex­ter­nal Trade De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil (TAITRA) as well as King Kung Health Food Co., Ltd. and Jamlco En­ter­prise Co., Ltd. whose main prod­uct se­ries in­cludes plate bend­ing rolls and hy­draulic roll plate bend­ing rolls. There was also Daa Ching En­ter­prise spe­cial­iz­ing in out­door equip­ment such as tents, fold­ing ta­bles and chairs and Speedtech En­ergy.

Cut­ting the rib­bon to de­clare this year’s ex­hi­bi­tion open: (L:R) Emma Hyp­polyte, Min­is­ter for Commerce; Am­bas­sador Mou; Gov­er­nor Gen­eral Dame Pear­lette Louisy and Phillip J Pierre, Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture.

Ter­ril Ni­cholas with her Il­lu­mi­nat­ing de­signs.

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