The nation’s youth are being encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities available for them to start up a business.
Minister responsible for Commerce, Business Development and Investment, Honourable Emma Hippolyte, says the nation’s youth are gifted with intellectual and innovative prowess and therefore must begin to see themselves as employers rather than employees.
She says the Government of Saint Lucia is committed to working with young people to develop their business ideas and become successful entrepreneurs.
“When you look at the youth Entrepreneurship Programme under the National Initiative to Create Employment I believe there is an opportunity for more of our business places to embrace the programme and bring in young people into their businesses to get the working experience and at the same time get that support to grow their business and I believe there is room for that.”
The minister says government is prepared to do what is necessary to improve the ease of doing business so business can continue to thrive here.
“There is so much more work we have to do but the ease of doing business here is not the sole responsibility of the Ministry of Commerce. We have to work with the Ministry of Finance, the Customs Department the Registry of Companies, it deals with establishing a Commercial Court in Saint Lucia and working with the financial institutions so there is a lot of work to be done but we are committed to working to ensure that at the next time around Saint Lucia’s Ease of Doing Business Rating will improve.”
Minister Hipployte says her ministry will also continue to work with the Trade Export Promotion Agency to support local businesses to increase their exports and share of the global marketplace.