The Dinner was hosted by Lord Howard of Lympne, a member of the Privy Council, former Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition and Home Secretary. John Kennedy, President of the Chamber, Mandish Singh, Chairman and George Alcindor, Deputy Chairman also attended.
Other UK Saint Lucia investors were also present, including Angus Thirlwell and Peter Harris, co-founders and directors of Hotel Chocolat.
The dinner was followed by a round-table discussion on the enhancement of bi-lateral trade and commercial links between the two countries.
Lord Howard announced that he would lead a Trade Mission to Saint Lucia in February, comprising a selection of investors who will benefit from this showcase into what the Island has to offer. Lord Howard welcomed the Prime Minister’s commitment to promoting business on behalf of his people and making himself available to those promoting two-way commerce.
The round-table discussion set as a priority the desire to plug new investors into local talent, particularly in the fields of architecture and construction and announced that work would begin on drawing up an inventory of such service providers.
It was also agreed that Lord Howard would write to the British Chancellor of the Exchequer with a view to opening discussions in extending Export Credit Finance to the region.