Brazil­ian In­vestors Due for Week­long Event

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Spe­cial STAR cor­re­spon­dent

Prepa­ra­tions are in fi­nal stages here for next week’s Brazil­ian Par­lia­men­tary and En­tre­pre­neur­ial Mis­sion to Saint Lucia and the OECS, which hopes to open brand new streams of busi­ness through a new win­dow of op­por­tu­ni­ties based on in­vest­ments and ser­vices be­tween the South Amer­i­can na­tion and its small is­land neigh­bors to the north. The Brazil­ian Em­bassy here last month un­veiled plans to bring a large group of Brazil­ian in­vestors and par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to the is­land from Novem­ber 11 to 17.

En­ti­tled ‘Um Porto De Op­por­tu­nidades’ (A Port of Op­por­tu­ni­ties) the mis­sion plans to ex­plore di­rect and joint in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in over 11 ar­eas rang­ing from al­ter­na­tive en­ergy and tourism to pharmaceuticals and con­struc­tion.

Also on the ta­ble will be in­vest­ments in rain­wa­ter col­lec­tion and de­sali­na­tion, food dis­tri­bu­tion, lan­guage and re­lated con­sul­tan­cies. The Saint Lucia Govern­ment, the is­land’s top state in­vest­ment body In­vest Saint Lucia (ISL) and the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), are work­ing to­gether to en­sure the Brazil­ian mis­sion achieves its goals here and even­tu­ally in the sub-re­gion.

The Brazil­ians will be com­ing to Saint Lucia from some of Brazil’s large fed­eral states: Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Cata­rina, Paraná, Goiás and Pará.

Am­bas­sador of the Brazil­ian Fed­eral Re­pub­lic to Saint Lucia Ser­gio Couri says, “Plans are well ad­vanced. The Min­istry of Com­merce, In­dus­try, In­vest­ment En­ter­prise De­vel­op­ment and Con­sumer Af­fairs is on board, as is ISL (In­vest Saint Lucia) and the OECS Com­mis­sion’s Sec­re­tariat.”

He added: “What we are work­ing to­wards is to open the way for the vis­it­ing en­trepreneurs and par­lia­men­tar­i­ans from Brazil to meet, greet and eat with their lo­cal coun­ter­parts, ar­range visits and do what’s needed to do busi­ness. We are lay­ing the fin­ish­ing touches to the foun­da­tions for the week-long event that will al­low the vis­it­ing en­ti­ties and in­ter­ested lo­cal coun­ter­parts to make those di­rect ac­quain­tances and ex­changes that will work for both and all sides.”

Am­bas­sador Couri says the mis­sion will be par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in “in­vest­ment and ser­vice ex­ports be­tween Brazil, Saint Lucia and the OECS, of which Saint Lucia is the head­quar­ters. He pointed out that “a week-long sched­ule has been ar­ranged for the Brazil­ian mis­sion that will take them to Vieux Fort and Soufriere, Ca­naries and Castries, to get a bet­ter feel and sight of the land­scape within which their in­vest­ments will be ex­pected to thrive.”

The sched­ule will in­clude a Novem­ber 14 sem­i­nar on ‘How to do Busi­ness with Saint Lucia’ — and the OECS sub-re­gion, which will in­clude pre­sen­ta­tions by govern­ment, ISL and OECS.

The vis­it­ing par­lia­men­tar­i­ans and en­trepreneurs will also dis­cuss while here the cre­ation of a pro­posed Brazil-OECS Par­lia­men­tary Group.

A large group of Brazil­ian in­vestors and par­lia­men­tar­i­ans are ex­pected on is­land from Novem­ber 11 to 17.

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