Tai­wanese In­vestors meet with Saint Lu­cian En­trepreneurs

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - ---JSA

Adel­e­ga­tion of in­vestors from the Repub­lic of China, Tai­wan was re­cently on-is­land, where they par­tic­i­pated in a con­sul­ta­tive fo­rum with Saint Lu­cian en­trepreneurs in hopes of form­ing joint-ven­ture part­ner­ships. The event, at Bay Gar­dens Inn in Rod­ney Bay, was or­gan­ised by the Depart­ment of Com­merce.

Hurbert Em­manuel served as Saint Lu­cia's am­bas­sador to the Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan) from 2016-2018. He is cur­rently manag­ing di­rec­tor of Par­adise Foods Ltd., a jointven­ture com­pany op­er­ated by Saint Lu­cian and Tai­wanese busi­ness­men. Mr Em­manuel opined, "I think there are tremen­dous op­por­tu­ni­ties for Saint Lu­cian busi­ness peo­ple. An oc­ca­sion such as to­day's is re­ally bring­ing peo­ple to meet with peo­ple. All the time we've been talk­ing only on a gov­ern­ment-to-gov­ern­ment ba­sis. Now that it has reached the stage where busi­ness peo­ple are com­ing to­gether, that is tak­ing it one step fur­ther. I think this is the way we need to go. Peo­ple need to meet with one an­other and get a good un­der­stand­ing as to where we want to go.

"If you get one or two busi­nesses spring­ing from such a gather­ing, you'll find that suc­cess brings suc­cess. When one is suc­cess­ful it in­spires other peo­ple to go into such part­ner­ships."

Al­bert Charles is the owner of En­vi­ro­care, a lo­cal com­pany that pro­vides en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly prod­ucts. He was thank­ful for the op­por­tu­nity and said the ex­pe­ri­ence was ben­e­fi­cial to him: "It was very in­for­ma­tive. The in­for­ma­tion that I re­ceived has given me a dif­fer­ent mind­set and way of think­ing. I'm so com­fort­able now on how to be able to source my raw ma­te­rial and pack­ag­ing ma­te­ri­als. One of the things that I took from them is the level of pro­fes­sion­al­ism. I be­lieve I can use it to en­hance my busi­ness."

Of­fi­cials from the depart­ment of Com­merce are hope­ful that the fo­rum will be­come an an­nual event.

Mem­bers of the Tai­wanese del­e­ga­tion at the con­sul­ta­tive fo­rum.

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