On Thursday July 16, 2015, the Honorable Emma Hippolyte, Minister of Commerce Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs and Roberto Verrier, Director of the Centro de Promociὁn del Comercio Exterior y la Inversiὁn Extranjera (CEPEC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during the recently held Cuba-Caribbean Business Forum. This MOU cements the on-going relationship between the TEPA and CEPEC to expand trade between the two countries. “The Government of Saint Lucia hopes this relationship will deepen existing bi-lateral relations and examined future trade opportunities to be pursued between St. Lucia and Cuba.” says Honorable Minister Emma Hippolyte.
The signing of this MOU was witnessed by a delegation of 6 exporters who participated in the Cuba-Caribbean Business Forum which was held form 15-17 July, 2015 namely; Caribbean Awnings Production Co. Ltd; Harris Paints St. Lucia Ltd; Viking Traders Ltd; Natmed Ltd (Caribbean Blue Trademark Products); Chemical Manufacturing and Investments Co. Ltd. and Baron Foods (St. Lucia) Ltd. The Forum was hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Cuba and the authorities of the Government of Santiago de Cuba to mark the 500th Anniversary of the City of Santiago de Cuba.
TEPA continues to work assiduously to introduce Saint Lucian products into Cuba which involves working closely with Dr. Charles Isaac, Saint Lucia’s Ambassador to Cuba and Jorge Francisco Soberon Luis, Cuba’s Ambassador to Saint Lucia. Participation in this forum allowed TEPA the opportunity to present a selection of high quality Saint Lucian products to the Cuban market.