The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Aone-week mis­sion to Saint Lu­cia by a team from the Genev­abased In­ter­na­tional Trade Cen­tre (ITC) com­menced on Tues­day Jan­uary 24th, 2017. The mis­sion has a three­fold pur­pose: to con­duct an ini­tial as­sess­ment of Saint Lu­cia’s ex­port de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme, meet with stake­holder agen­cies that are in­te­gral to Saint Lu­cia’s ex­port de­vel­op­ment ef­fort, and, crit­i­cally, to strengthen the lo­cal ca­pac­ity to de­sign, im­ple­ment, mon­i­tor and up­date trade de­vel­op­ment strate­gies. Mak­ing up the two-per­son ITC del­e­ga­tion are Mr. Al­berto Amurgo Pacheco (Lead Con­sul­tant) and his col­league Ms. Olga Kho­mula. The Saint Lu­cia Trade Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Agency (TEPA) is the co­or­di­nat­ing agency for the mis­sion.

Lead­ing off the itinerary on Jan­uary 26th was a Na­tional Ex­port Strat­egy (NES) Train­ing Work­shop tar­get­ing TEPA’s tech­ni­cal staff and pub­lic sec­tor trade stake­hold­ers. Par­tic­i­pants were ex­posed to four main train­ing mod­ules, namely Re­quire­ments and Gov­er­nance; Di­ag­nos­tic tools; De­sign­ing a na­tional ex­port strat­egy, and Im­ple­men­ta­tion and mon­i­tor­ing.

A Na­tional Stake­holder Con­sul­ta­tion fol­lows on Jan­uary 30th and 31st at the Royal by Rex Re­sorts. This ac­tiv­ity is in­tended to be a high-pro­file in­au­gu­ra­tion that in­forms the na­tional com­mu­nity of the Na­tional Ex­port Strat­egy. It will also drive home the crit­i­cal im­por­tance of ac­tive en­gage­ment with, and par­tic­i­pa­tion of, pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tor stake­hold­ers in the de­sign and im­ple­men­ta­tion of the NES.

A na­tional Core Com­mit­tee com­pris­ing rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers from the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor has been formed to over­see, ad­vise and di­rect the NES team in for­mu­la­tion of this strat­egy.

A na­tional Con­sul­ta­tive Team has also been formed to pro­vide coun­ter­part tech­ni­cal sup­port to the ITC Con­sul­tants com­pris­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from TEPA and from the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors in­clud­ing the min­istries of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, fi­nance and com­merce.

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