CASTRIES, St Lucia, Monday February 27, 2017 – The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, St Lucia’s Trade Export Promotion Agency (TEPA), and the Ministry of Commerce have collaborated to stage the largest trade show of its kind to be staged in the sub-region.
The Specialty Caribbean Expo 2017, which will be held under the theme ‘A Unique Buying Experience’, is expected to improve intra-regional trade in goods and services, as well as the export of OECS goods and services to regional and international markets.
Over 100 exhibitors have confirmed participation in the expo, which will feature export-ready goods and services.
Specialty Caribbean Expo 2017 is being billed as the ultimate one-stop-shop, directly linking international buyers from worldwide corporations with Caribbean suppliers from a multitude of sectors including apparel and footwear, financial services, food and beverage, furniture, handicraft, health and wellness, tourism, printing and packaging services.
Exporters from the OECS and Martinique will present and promote their products and services at this buyer-focused exhibition, while buyers from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Cuba, CARICOM and the Eastern Caribbean are expected to participate in the 4-day trade show.
The OECS Competitive Business Unit (CBU) has mobilized several producers and service providers from within its client portfolio to participate in the Expo.
Business Development Officer, Sobers Esprit said the Expo is in line with the objectives of the OECS Regional Integration for Trade Project, being funded by the 10th EDF. The ICT sector, agro processing, film, music and fashion will feature prominently in the exposition, he added.
The expo will be held March 9-12 at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia.