30 Mar Saint Lucia Works to Deepen Trade Relations with Guyana
Saint Lucia Works to Deepen Trade Relations with Guyana
The Government of Saint Lucia through Export Saint Lucia is seeking new opportunities for Saint Lucian manufacturers and service providers through an ongoing trade mission in Guyana.
The Caribbean region, including OECS and CARICOM, has long served as a favourable export market for goods and services originating in Saint Lucia. Historically, exports to Guyana have remained limited to a select few goods. However, the expansion of that country’s local economy has resulted in a need for more imports. Saint Lucia has already identified several opportunities for Saint Lucian enterprises and has approved a strategic plan to guide how the country expands on existing trade with Guyana.
In 2022, a delegation led by Commerce Minister Hon. Emma Hippolyte and Export Saint Lucia embarked on a similar trade mission to Guyana, meeting with government representatives and other stakeholders in their business community. Export Saint Lucia and multiple local manufacturers subsequently participated in the Guyana International Building Expo. The current trade mission will serve as an avenue to build on existing relationships made, as well as a means of creating new connections.
“Export Saint Lucia’s mandate involves increasing the value and volume of Saint Lucian exports, and Guyana is shaping up to be a fantastic opportunity to do just that. This mission is only the latest in a series of interventions in Guyana, all with the end goal of deepening trade relations between our two countries. This delegation includes government representatives and members of Saint Lucia’s financial services. Our citizens can rest assured that the team on the ground will work in the interest of both countries,” shares Export Saint Lucia’s Chief Executive Officer, Sunita Daniel.
Saint Lucia’s contingent comprises representatives from Export Saint Lucia, the Ministries of Commerce, Education and Agriculture, The Saint Lucia Cooperative Credit Union League, Bank of Saint Lucia, the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and members of the local manufacturing sector. The group travelled to Guyana on the inaugural British Airways flight from London to that destination with a connection in Saint Lucia on March 27th, 2023.
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