TEPA and the Department of Agriculture (DOA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding intended to strengthen the links between the DOA and TEPA. This relationship will also serve raise awareness of business opportunities, partnerships and joint ventures with the hopes of increasing regional and international trade. The MOU will act as a platform to build additional relationships, exchange ideas, foster capacity building, transfer technical knowledge and encourage collaboration on projects between the DOA and TEPA.
Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in cooperation with the European Union (EU), is working with the Saint Lucia Trade Promotions Agency (TEPA) to sensitize the local business community on the Direct Assistance Grant Scheme (DAGS). The agencies hosted a one day Proposal Writing workshop for businesses and Business Support Organizations (BSOs), to increase the awareness and understanding of accessing the Direct Assistance Grant Scheme.
TEPA is working towards the training of country advisors to assist with the application process of Caribbean Export’s Direct Assistance Grant Scheme. A one day workshop was held at our offices for a select group who will form the core of country advisors. They will be on hand at the Department of Commerce and TEPA to help businesses who qualify to apply for the grant to submit good proposals and particularly during the reimbursement phase.
Intellectual property is traditionally comprised of four categories: patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets. It is unlike those tangible creations we see all around us even while these very tangibles were once and to some extent themselves remain intellectual property. IP is important to our MSMEs because it represents an untapped avenue for financial gains from an intangible asset which a business owns. See what some attendees at a recently held IP workshop had to say about the content of the days proceedings.