Assistance to small business sector

Assistance to small business sector
Former Minister Emma Hippolyte
Minister Emma Hippolyte

The Ministry of Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs is continuing to provide support to the small business sector to ensure greater levels of productivity.

The targeted support to the small business sector is part of a rigorous government-led drive to improve the business climate in Saint Lucia.

Speaking in an interview with the Government Information Service, Minister for Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs, Honourable Emma Hippolyte, stressed the importance of government supporting small businesses, remaining viable in the competitive global market.

“Because even though we are a Small Island Developing State,  Saint Lucia is seen as a competitor and we are not  receiving any preferences so we have to ensure that our businesses here are the best that they can be.”

A recently appointed committee comprising representatives of government and the private sector is tasked with the mandate of improving the present business climate for new investment and the growth of existing enterprises.

Minister Hippolyte says the Small Enterprise Development Unit (SEDU) is spearheading training programmes for entrepreneurs within the small business sector.

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