By Export Saint Lucia
(PRESS RELEASE) — Saint Lucia’s Trade Export and Promotion Agency, Export Saint Lucia, was, on Wednesday, Oct. 14, announced as runner up at the 13th biennial World Trade Promotion Organization Awards 2020 hosted by the International Trade Centre.
The WTPO Awards 2020 received 60 applications from TPO’s worldwide, the highest in the awards’ history.
The competition, open to all national trade promotion organizations, recognizes excellence in trade support services. They celebrate organizations that excel in innovative, significant export development initiatives. The organizations must show that they help Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) to become competitive in international markets.
Export Saint Lucia submitted under the category of “Best Initiative for Inclusive and Sustainable trade.” The agency was later nominated for the award with its Export Development Assistance Program for the Praslin Seamoss Farmers Association. Export Saint Lucia, in recent times, has become a household name for the initiatives they have implemented, which have had a direct positive effect on St. Lucian companies.
In previous pronouncements Minister of Commerce, Industry, Enterprise Development, and Consumer Affairs Hon. Bradley Felix indicated that Saint Lucia becoming a finalist in the awards, speaks volumes about Saint Lucian products’ quality. He maintains that our products are recognized internationally; we ought to indulge and take pride in what is ours.
CEO of Export Saint Lucia Sunita Daniel said she is beaming with pride that Export Saint Lucia could stand shoulder to shoulder with the world’s best.
She said, “it is a tremendous achievement for Saint Lucia being one of the smaller TPO’s and ranking amongst the world’s best. This achievement gives us as an agency a lot more validation and the reassurance that we are heading in the right direction. We are looking forward to the next WTPO awards. Export Saint Lucia remains committed to its clients and the overall economic development of Saint Lucia. For us, it’s not about the awards or accolades but knowing that we make a difference in the lives of Saint Lucians through our work.”