Investment Never Looked Better

26 Jul 2017
L-R Angela Alphonse, TEPA, Earland Labadie, ISL

Invest Saint Lucia (ISL) and the Trade Export Promotion Agency (TEPA) teamed up earlier this month to represent Saint Lucia at the annual Trade and Investment Convention (TIC 2017) which took place in Trinidad. 

Organized by the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association, the TIC’s mandate is to foster intra and extra regional trade for businesses throughout the Caribbean. This multi-sectoral tradeshow brought together local, regional and international businesses, as well as exhibitors with a range of product offerings who met with scores of buyers seeking new suppliers, goods and services.

Given that Smart Manufacturing is one of the major sectors actively promoted by ISL, the Agency took advantage of the opportunities presented by the TIC.

According to Senior Investment Promotion and Fulfilment Officer, Earland Labadie, “ISL and TEPA used this opportunity to not only network with regional and international companies but also to build on existing relationships and highlight Saint Lucia’s attributes as it relates to being an ideal place within which manufacturers and agro-processors can operate given the available factory shell space in our industrial estates.”

“As has happened in the past,” he explained, “the TIC also allowed ISL to foster partnerships and joint ventures between regional exhibitors and local companies in Saint Lucia.”

Labadie noted that ISL and TEPA both met their objectives. “The TIC 2017 was successful in that, TEPA was able to promote a number of locally manufactured products from companies looking to expand their export markets. In fact, Saint Lucia Distillers and Natmed were also represented at the TIC.”

He indicated that, “ISL was able to generate leads where at least four (4) of those companies will be looking to visit Saint Lucia in the coming months to discuss the possibility of having a presence in Saint Lucia.”

TIC 2017 took place from July 6th-9th.