St. Lucians in the diaspora and other interested persons will have the opportunity to discuss trade matters relating to the country in New York on Friday, August 23, 2013.
According to a press release, Minister for Commerce Emma Hippolyte will headline the Saint Lucia Trade and Export Forum as she discusses trade and export development, related policies and procedures and other pertinent topics.
The meeting is being organized by the Office of Consulate General in New York in collaboration with the Office of Private Sector Relations (OSPR), Saint Lucia’s primary Trade Export Promotion Agency (TEPA).
It will take place at the St. Lucia House at 438 E 49th Street, Brooklyn, New York.
“Saint Lucians in the diaspora need to be more involved in the economic development activities of both the country that gave them birth and their adopted homelands,” said Julian Du Bois, Saint Lucia’s Consul General in New York.
“This activity aims to create awareness and arouse curiosity to effectively utilize available opportunities and programs, as well as to make meaningful contributions in the business sectors,” he said.
The event is expected to be a major highlight of the OPSR/TEPA’s Export Reconnaissance Mission for the tri-state region (New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut) set for August 19-29, 2013, the release said.
Du Bois will serve as forum moderator.
OSPR/TEPA Director Jacqueline Emmanuel-Flood, said that “the important role of the diaspora in supporting Saint Lucia’s export development will be one of the key discussion points. This forum will be a great opportunity for TEPA to explore the potential for increasing exports from Saint Lucia to the tri-state area. We will elucidate Saint Lucia’s trade policies and the National Export Development Strategy, highlighting the importance of both the goods and services sectors.”
Brooklyn’s Brian Figeroux, Founder and CEO of the New American Chamber of Commerce and a representative of the New York City Business Department of Small Business Services, will also be featured at the Forum. Saint Lucia’s ambassador to the United Nations, H.E. Menissa Rambally will also be in attendance, the release said.
A similar forum has been planned for August 27, 2013 at the Hartford Public Library, located at 500 Main Street, Hartford, Connecticut.