Brazil sees Saint Lu­cia as a Port of En­try for OECS Busi­ness!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Brazil would like to see the small is­lands of the OECS re­gion do more busi­ness with it – and the gi­ant Latin Amer­i­can neigh­bour to the south is ready to open its doors and mar­kets to the smaller north­ern busi­nesses.

The Brazil­ian Em­bassy in Saint Lu­cia is bring­ing a 20 to 30-mem­ber high-power busi­ness mis­sion to Saint Lu­cia next month. While it is aimed at busi­nesses in the OECS cap­i­tal, there are also plans for the mis­sion to ar­range for its mem­bers, ac­com­pa­nied by Brazil­ian par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, to visit other OECS ter­ri­to­ries in the near fu­ture.

Brazil’s Am­bas­sador to Saint Lu­cia, Ser­gio Couri, says the Novem­ber 11-17 Busi­ness Mis­sion’s ob­jec­tive is two-fold: to talk and do busi­ness in Saint Lu­cia and open the gates to do like­wise with all the other OECS mem­ber states.

He ex­plains, “The Brazil Mis­sion has two ba­sic goals. One is of a purely busi­ness-like na­ture – that is, to prospect busi­ness, mainly in­vest­ment, be­tween Saint Lu­cia and Brazil.

“The sec­ond goal is not of a se­condary in­ter­est, for three Brazil­ian Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, among other au­thor­i­ties, are ex­pected to join the busi­ness del­e­ga­tion to lo­cally col­lect el­e­ments to en­hance cre­ation of a Brazil-OECS Par­lia­men­tary Group.”

He says, “A re­lated pro­posal has al­ready been pre­sented by Fed­eral Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Wher­les Rocha, from the Ama­zo­nian State of Acre, to the Pres­i­dency of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.”

The pro­posal was pre­sented last March and, ac­cord­ing to Am­bas­sador Couri, “is now un­der con­sid­er­a­tion by the Com­mis­sion of Ex­ter­nal Re­la­tions of that Cham­ber.”

The am­bas­sador says the Brazil­ian Mis­sion, while in Saint Lu­cia, will seek “to en­gage the of­fi­cial branch of the del­e­ga­tion in ex­ploratory con­ver­sa­tions with the OECS, to de­fine the mo­dal­i­ties of in­ter­ac­tion pos­si­ble with all Eastern Caribbean coun­tries.”

Ac­cord­ing to Am­bas­sador Couri, “I don’t want Brazil to be left with the false im­pres­sion that the OECS would be slug­gish in avail­ing it­self of that broad­spec­trum ini­tia­tive, which is be­ing brought abroad by the Brazil­ians.”

The en­voy notes, “In fi­nal anal­y­sis, it will mean that the diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween the South Amer­i­can gi­ant and the He­len of the Caribbean will be closely fol­lowed up by the re­sult­ing ex­is­tence of a con­cerned group within the Brazil­ian po­lit­i­cal space, with a pre­sum­ably en­larged de­liv­ery of projects and their ex­e­cu­tions.”

Am­bas­sador Couri flagged that he has un­der­taken “a for­mal ges­ture to­wards the OECS Com­mis­sion” re­gard­ing the Brazil­ian ini­tia­tive, “in re­spect of the en­tity’s man­date to pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment and well-be­ing of the East Caribbean peo­ples.”

The Saint Lu­cia visit by the Brazil­ian Mis­sion is be­ing co­or­di­nated by No­mad2 De­vel­op­ment, a Brazil-based or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to pro­mo­tion of Brazil­ian busi­ness in­ter­ests, both at home and abroad.

A PORT OF OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES! The brochure ahead of the 30-mem­ber Brazil­ian del­e­ga­tion’s visit ad­ver­tises Cas­tries as an en­try port for busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties, not only in Saint Lu­cia, but across the OECS.

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