CASTRIES, Saint Lucia, September 24st 2015 – Services will take centre stage on Friday September 25th, at the National Cultural Centre. A Mini exposition that showcases a range of services and the service providers will be the next highlight on the Business Month calendar. Leading on the organisation and staging of the Mini Services Expo is the Trade Export Agency (TEPA) which falls under the mantle of the Ministry of Commerce, Investment, Business Development and Consumer Affairs.
According to TEPA’s Trade Information Officer Glenfield Gilbert, Saint Lucia’s Service sector has been making steady strides towards and within the export market.
“The decision to dedicate this Expo entirely to the Services sector was deliberate. Typically many tend to automatically think of products when they hear exports. We realise this and we believe we must give priority to building awareness both of the contribution of Services to the economy, as well as the range of Services, which with the proliferation of ICT continues to grow at a remarkable rate”, Mr. Gilbert added.
In addition to providing a marketing platform for those participating, the Mini Services Expo sets out to demonstrate the types of assistance available to businesses at different stages of the business life cycle. The expo will also seek to highlight the roles of sister agencies under the Ministry of Commerce, Business Development and Consumer Affairs to give the general public clearer definitions of the functions of each.
Visitors to the exposition will engage with organizations that help start-ups such as SEDU and the other organizations that assist with the various business processes from financing to exporting.
Partnering with TEPA on this initiative are SLASPA, Invest Saint Lucia, Small Enterprise Development Unit, Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards, Saint Lucia Coalition of Service Industries, The Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce & Industry and CARCIP. The event will run from 9AM to 4 PM.