FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique, Thursday February 1, 2018 – The Chamber of Commerce of Martinique, the OECS Commission and the Caribbean Export Development Agency have partnered to launch the Trade Enhancement in the Eastern Caribbean Project (TEECA), tailored for Martinique based companies ready to export for the first time to Eastern Caribbean markets.
Traditionally, mainland France has been Martinique’s first export destination. However, the Martinique Chamber of Commerce says opportunities offered in member nations of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) should be explored.
“In order to start trading with Eastern Caribbean countries, entrepreneurs need to understand the markets, the legal environment and meet potential business partners. Hence, the INTERREG Caraïbe programme, TEECA aims at fostering mutual knowledge and regional trade as well as strengthening companies competitiveness towards international markets through integration and most of all through an innovative process,” the Chamber said.
TEECA targets businesses with limited export experience.
Entrepreneurs participating in the project will benefit from a two-year individual and group coaching programme to ensure their products and services are export ready.
The TEECA Project is coordinated by the Chamber of Commerce of Martinique and co-funded by INTERREG Caraïbes under the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER). The project is also based on a partnership between the OECS Commission and the Caribbean Export Development Agency.
Companies in areas such as the food industry, IT, environment, music and the fashion industry will be able to apply to the TEECA project starting today, through the website of the Chamber of Commerce of Martinique.