Choiseul Sec­ondary Dom­i­nates Busi­ness Month Schools De­bate

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

On Wed­nes­day a spir­ited de­bate team from the Choiseul Sec­ondary School walked away as the undis­puted win­ners of the 2016 Busi­ness Month Schools De­bate com­pe­ti­tion. The team, led by Kira De­fre­itas with sup­port­ing mem­bers Nina Wil­liam and Se­dran Theodille, re­futed on the topic ‘The Present Sec­ondary Schools Cur­ricu­lum Pre­pares Stu­dents to be Suc­cess­ful En­trepreneurs.’ The propos­ing team came from the Cas­tries Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary School and was led by Lau­ralee Mathurin with Niah Daniel and Daleanna Al­cide as her team­mates.

Wed­nes­day’s event took place at the Govern­ment In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices with a live au­di­ence com­pris­ing stu­dents from the par­tic­i­pat­ing schools. The judg­ing panel in­cluded busi­ness­woman Mrs. Paula Calderon, Mar­ket­ing and Brand­ing Spe­cial­ist Ms. Mineva Ross and Prin­ci­pal of the Leon Hess Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary School, Ro­han Lubon.

Ac­cord­ing to Jac­que­line Em­manuel Flood, CEO of the Trade Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Agency (TEPA), or­ga­niz­ers of the school de­bate, “a strate­gic fo­cus of Busi­ness Month is to en­sure the in­volve­ment of youth, and re­in­force the im­por­tance and value of en­trepreneur­ship to the econ­omy to par­tic­i­pat­ing youth.”

She con­tin­ued, “we want to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­ness stu­dents to plug in and par­tic­i­pate in the on­go­ing busi­ness dis­course and also to make the cor­re­la­tion be­tween en­trepreneur­ship and job cre­ation.”

The school de­bate has be­come a fea­ture in the an­nual ob­ser­vance of Busi­ness Month in Saint Lu­cia, which is an ini­tia­tive led by the Depart­ment of Com­merce, In­ter­na­tional Trade, In­vest­ment, En­ter­prise De­vel­op­ment and Con­sumer Af­fairs. This year the theme be­ing pro­moted is "Your Pas­sion, Your Busi­ness."

One of the aims for Busi­ness Month is to gen­er­ate dis­cus­sions on En­trepreneur­ship in Saint Lu­cia. Through the month-long cal­en­dar of ac­tiv­i­ties, Busi­ness Month also sen­si­tizes the pub­lic on the core func­tions and ser­vices of the Min­istry and its sup­port­ing units and agen­cies. Up­com­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude a Spe­cialty Caribbean Expo on Novem­ber 30th at TEPA’s of­fices, The Busi­ness of Sell­ing Art on Novem­ber 23rd and a Dig­i­tal Mar­ket­ing Sym­po­sium by the ICT As­so­ci­a­tion on Novem­ber 28th. A ma­jor high­light this year will be the an­nual Saint Lu­cia/Tai­wan Part­ner­ship Tradeshow slat­ted for Novem­ber 25 to 27.

Busi­ness Month is sup­ported this year by Caribbean Ex­port De­vel­op­ment Agency and the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Food Pro­duc­tion, Fish­eries and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment with ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion and spon­sor­ship from In­vest Saint Lu­cia, Saint Lu­cia Coali­tion of Ser­vice In­dus­tries, Saint Lu­cia Bureau of Stan­dards, Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre, and the Saint Lu­cia Ho­tel & Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion (SLHTA).

The de­bat­ing team from the Choiseul Sec­ondary School (seated at right), are the new champions for the 2016 Busi­ness Month Schools De­bate com­pe­ti­tion.

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