The Saint Lucian Government’s National Trade Export and Promotion Agency, TEPA is the lead agency mandated to spearhead the island’s National Export Development Effort. TEPA’s overall objective centers on its aim to increase aggregate volume and value of exports in Saint Lucia.
Education and empowerment of small business owners, is a key strategy utilized by TEPA, to assist entrepreneurs meet international standards and requirements, which would directly encourage their export success. One such educative activity recently completed by TEPA in collaboration with Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) was the 2016 ProNET training workshops.
ProNET is a structured training programme geared at building capacity in exporters and enterprises. It targeted owners and managers of Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) who want to grow their businesses and become more competitive in today’s ever changing and demanding market space. ProNET directly seeks to raise the level of productivity and profitability within SMEs, through the Experiential Learning Methodology (i.e. case study based and driven by practical examples and assignments).
In October and November TEPA and CEDA officially rolled out modules 3 and 4 of this year’s ProNET training. Held from October 24th to 25th, Module 3 centered on Production Management and covered the strategy techniques for planning, including location, capacity, layout and lead-time production. Meanwhile Module 4, which covered Resource Management, took place from November 15th to 16th.
A total of 20 participants from cross sectors within the business community attended the training sessions.