The government continues to support the growth of small businesses with the graduation of 75 persons from the Small Enterprise Development Unit (SEDU) entrepreneurial development courses, under the theme, “Creating Competitive Advantage through Innovation.”
Director of SEDU Barbra Innocent-Charles said the accomplishments of graduates were commendable while noting that SEDU plays a pivotal role within society.
“SEDU’s mandate, which is to promote and develop the micro and small business sector, is a huge responsibility. The micro and small business sector is made up from 76 percent of the business in Saint Lucia, the largest as you can see. And this sector is considered the pillar upon which the country stands,” Innocent-Charles.
According to the director, micro enterprises around the globe contribute significantly to employment and the reduction of poverty.
Innocent-Charles added that the Ministry of Commerce and SEDU have realized the need for adaptation in facilitating future development.
“We at the Ministry of Commerce, and by extension SEDU providing the business support, realize that we too must change. And leading by example the ministry as a whole is working toward international certification and is improving its services. SEDU continues to revisit its processes, procedures and programmes to provide timely and relevant interventions. Our vision is to develop a mindset in Saint Lucia where continuous improvement is the way of life,” she said.
The director thanked the Saint Lucia Trade Export Promotion Agency for their partnership and support in addition to the Ministry of Commerce, and facilitators of the programme.