The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Trade Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Agency (TEPA) of Saint Lu­cia and the In­ter­na­tional Trade Cen­tre (ITC) agreed on 10th Fe­bru­ary, 2016 to step up col­lab­o­ra­tion to boost the ex­port ca­pac­i­ties of the coun­try’s en­ter­prises. The agree­ment was signed by TEPA Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Jac­que­line Em­manuel Flood and ITC Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Aran­cha González who is on her first of­fi­cial visit to Saint Lu­cia and the Caribbean re­gion.

This new agree­ment be­tween the two or­ga­ni­za­tions will al­low for a re­view and up­date of Saint Lu­cia’s 2004 Na­tional Ex­port Strat­egy (NES) which was de­vel­oped by the Govern­ment with the guid­ance of ITC. The up­date of the NES – which will be led by TEPA – aims to re­flect a changed eco­nomic cli­mate and dif­fer­ent ex­port pri­or­i­ties, al­low­ing Saint Lu­cia to grab a greater share of re­gional and global trade.

As part of the col­lab­o­ra­tion, ITC will pro­vide tech­ni­cal sup­port and ad­vi­sory ser­vices to strengthen the in­sti­tu­tional ca­pac­i­ties of TEPA, to pro­vide bet­ter ser­vices to its en­ter­prise clients. A main goal of this re­newed part­ner­ship will be to in­crease the num­ber of Saint Lu­cian en­ter­prises par­tic­i­pat­ing in re­gional and global trade. This ca­pac­ity build­ing will also be ex­tended to other or­ga­ni­za­tions and en­ter­prises across the coun­try, both pub­lic and pri­vate.

In ad­di­tion, ITC will build on its ex­per­tise to pro­vide sup­port to ‘Tastes of St Lu­cia’, an on­go­ing ini­tia­tive to brand prod­ucts made in Saint Lu­cia in­clud­ing from the food and bev­er­age sec­tor to the ser­vices in­dus­try.

Ms. Em­manuel Flood said: “This is not the first time ITC is pro­vid­ing sup­port to TEPA. ITC has worked closely with us be­fore and was in­te­gral in the de­vel­op­ment of our Trade In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem. We are elated and very grate­ful for ITC’s sup­port. We look for­ward to this new ar­range­ment and con­tinue to push to­wards growth and ex­cel­lence through our Na­tional Ex­port Strat­egy.”

Ms. González said: “Saint Lu­cia has great po­ten­tial to ex­pand and di­ver­sify its ex­port base. It is an is­land which has much to of­fer in terms of agro-pro­cess­ing and the skills of its peo­ple and the con­tin­ued col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween TEPA and ITC will lev­er­age this to cre­ate ex­ports which can com­pete on the global stage.”

Dur­ing her visit to Saint Lu­cia Ms. González also signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing with Ms. Emma Hip­polyte, Min­is­ter for Com­merce, Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment, In­vest­ment, and Con­sumer Affairs. This Mem­o­ran­dum, which was signed on 9 Fe­bru­ary, sets out to strengthen the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the Govern­ment and ITC on trade de­vel­op­ment and ex­port pro­mo­tion.

(L-R) Honourable Emma Hip­polyte, Min­is­ter for Com­merce; Mrs. Aran­cha Gon­za­lez, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of ITC; Mrs. Jac­que­line Em­manuel Flood, CEO of TEPA.

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