Cuba and Saint Lucia sign MoU to promote trade

Cuba and Saint Lucia sign MoU to promote trade

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PRESS RELEASE – On Thursday July 16, 2015, the Honorable Emma Hippolyte, Minister of Commerce Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs and Roberto Verrier, Director of the Centro de Promociὁn del Comercio Exterior y la Inversiὁn Extranjera (CEPEC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during the recently held Cuba-Caribbean Business Forum.

This MOU cements the on-going relationship between the TEPA and CEPEC to expand trade between the two countries.

“The Government of Saint Lucia hopes that this relationship will also deepen existing bi-lateral relations and examined future trade opportunities to be pursued between St. Lucia and Cuba.” says Honorable Minister Emma Hippolyte.

The signing of this MOU was witnessed by a delegation of 6 exporters who participated in the Cuba-Caribbean Business Forum which was held form 15-17 July, 2015 namely; Caribbean  Awnings Production Co. Ltd; Harris Paints St. Lucia Ltd; Viking Traders Ltd; Natmed Ltd (Caribbean Blue Trademark Products); Chemical Manufacturing and Investments Co. Ltd. and Baron Foods (St. Lucia) Ltd.

The Forum was hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Cuba and the authorities of the Government of Santiago de Cuba to mark the 500th Anniversary of the City of Santiago de Cuba.

TEPA continues to work arduously to introduce Saint Lucian products in a systematic and structured manner into Cuba and this involves working closely with Dr. Charles Isaac, Saint Lucia’s Ambassador to Cuba and Jorge Francisco Soberon Luis, Cuba’s Ambassador to Saint Lucia.

Participation in this forum allowed TEPA the opportunity to present a selection of high quality Saint Lucian products to the Cuban market for potential export opportunities.


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  1. To the person who thumbs down inebriation's comments: I don't know the specific reasons for your actions. But I still find it difficult to that any body would take position especially in today's Caribbean. Cuba is a country with limited means, relatively speaking, yet it has shown more generousity than the so called good Christian countries. In case you did not notice the world have moved on. The USA is ready to bury the hatchet with Cuba. After realising its errors it is now ready to amend its ways and see reason. It think you to should shy away from ignorance and appreciate the positives that you often times close your eyes to.


  2. This is certainly a great opportunity for St. Lucia's small business and the economy. Good work Hon Emma Hippolyte.


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