Press Release on the 2012 Trinidad and Tobago Trade and Investment Convention
PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release: 24th May 2012__________________________________________________________________________________The SLCSI Spotlights Saint Lucia’s Services Sector at Trinidad’s Trade and Investment ConventionFrom 16th-19th May, Saint Lucia’s services sector took to the stage at the Trinidad and Tobago Trade andInvestment Convention. TIC was conceptualized by the Trinidad & Tobago Manufacturers Associationsome 12 years ago and has traditionally focused on promoting trade in goods across the Caribbean andLatin America by bringing buyers and sellers under a single roof to allow matchmaking and foster businessrelationships between and amongst businessmen. As an annual event, TIC has gained immense supportparticularly over the past few years by companies and government agencies across the region as a meansof helping business increase sales and bolster hiring in what has been a sluggish global economyRepresentatives of National Services Coalitions with Caricom Secretary General Irwin LaRocque (fourth from right) following closed session atTIC 2012 in TrinidadAccording to Ms Dinah Hippolyte, the invitation extended to the SLCSI by organizers of TIC to participate inthis year’s exhibition demonstrates the growing importance of the Services sector in bolstering the region’seconomy and creating sustainable employment. Ms. Hippolyte pointed out that that whilst it was notpossible to have service providers attend the four day event, the SLCSI gave their members the opportunityto promote their work by providing promotional material, particularly electronic videos, advertisements andother promotional clips for display along with their business cards throughout the course of the exhibition.The SLCSI was also invited to make a presentation on St. Lucia’s Services Sector during the event. Ms.Hippolyte noted “of course we were delighted and I took the opportunity during my presentation to highlightthe developments taking place in the Sector as well as the regional and international work of some of ourservice providers.
Speaking on the tangible benefits of participating at TIC, Ms. Hippolyte adds “what we have heard from ourmembers is that the most critical factors for success in the Services industry is credibility. TIC gave theSLCSI the opportunity to send out a clear message that Saint Lucia has skilled, successful servicesproviders who are experienced, willing and eager to do business.”The participation of the SLCSI at TIC was made possible through the support of the Caribbean ExportDevelopment Agency and the GIZ Development Agency.Ms. Hippolyte speaks with Jamaica Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Anthony Hylton.Further information on the work of the Saint Lucia Coalition of Services Industries visit their websitewww.slcsi.org.lc . You can also visit their facebook page www.facebook.com/saintluciacoalitionofservices