FURTHER PUSH TO FINALIZE NATIONAL EXPORT STRATEGY
On the heels of Specialty Caribbean EXPO 2017, the Saint Lucia Trade Export Promotion Agency (TEPA) moved straight into the continuation of its Export Strategy capacity-building programme which began in January. The training is being led by the International Trade Centre (ITC) based in Geneva and is intended to strengthen local capacity to design, implement, monitor and update trade development strategies.
To this end, an ITC contingent is on the ground for one week for this purpose. A series of stakeholder consultations and bilateral meetings with key agencies began on Tuesday March 15th, 2017. Stakeholder consultations are intended to serve as 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 National Export Strategy. This will conclude with further discussion with the national consultant and navigator who will be responsible for drafting the National Export Strategy (NES) document.
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.