Specialty Caribbean Expo 2017: Empowering & Educating Exporters

From March 9 to 12, 2017 the Daren Sammy Cricket Grounds in Saint Lucia will transform into a spectacular Caribbean pop-up shop as the Saint Lucia Trade Export Promotion Agency (TEPA), the Government of Saint Lucia and the OECS Commission host Specialty Caribbean Expo 2017.

The very first of its kind, Specialty Caribbean Expo will feature 150 exhibitors from across the OECS and Martinique, showcasing a wide spectrum of products and services! Specialty Caribbean Expo will afford buyers from the around the world, as well as the general public, to discover a range of Caribbean businesses from agribusiness; apparel & footwear; chemicals & plastics; construction, architecture & engineering; to cultural industries; educational services; fashion; music; financial services; food & beverage, and furniture; handicraft, health & wellness; tourism; printing and packaging, and ICT & related services.

Without doubt Specialty Caribbean Expo 2017 will prove a powerful platform for participating exhibitors to gain greater visibility, form new business and customer relationships, and build a more established brand.

Understanding the important role which this buyer-centric trade event will play in assisting exhibitors access new export markets and establish a global presence, Specialty Caribbean Expo will also include a training component, geared at further empowering and educating exhibitors to better position their businesses for export success.

From Friday March 10th to Saturday March 11th, a total of six exhibitor-focused workshops will be held as part of the weekend’s activities:

  • QMS in a nutshell – facilitated by Moz Inc
  • Exporting to Cuba: Opportunities available –facilitated by the OECS-CBU
  • Shipping for Exporter–facilitated by Amerijet International
  • Exporting to the UK/EU: Exploring the Legal & Technical Issues—facilitated by the British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce
  • The Roadmap to exporting services – facilitated by the Saint Lucia Collation of Service Industries (SLCSI)
  • The Business of Music –facilitated by the OECS 

The event’s training will also incorporate a strategic planning workshop on Saturday at the Finance Administrate Centre in Pointe Seraphine, specifically for Trade Promotion Organizations (TPOs) and Business Support Organizations (BOSs) from across the OECS. This full-day workshop focused on “Driving excellence through strategy and Performance,” will be facilitated by a delegate from the Geneva-based International Trade Centre (ITC).

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