Press Release:- The Ministry of Commerce, Manufacturing, Business Development,Cooperatives and Consumer Affairs will be hosting its annual Business Month 2021 under the theme, “Propelling Business Development Through Technology”.
Many micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Saint Lucia have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in reduced sales, loss of customers and business closures.
Notwithstanding, the pandemic has forced business owners to adopt more creative and innovative ICT tools and devices to facilitate business processes. As such, this year’s theme aims to focus on the importance of capacity building and the appreciation of technology to conduct e-commerce business transactions.
Saint Lucia Business Month will be delivered through a series of events in the form of entrepreneurial training workshops, interviews, and the 14th Annual Saint Lucia Taiwan Partnership Trade Show.
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The core objectives of this year’s Saint Lucia Business Month include:
? Sensitizing and educating MSMEs on the various ICT platforms to encourage the use of these platforms and to propel business growth;
? Providing an avenue for Saint Lucian and Taiwanese Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to showcase a wide range of goods and distinctive services and also to foster collaboration and partnerships among businesses.
? Capacity building for MSMEs including the youth.
As part of activities to commemorate Saint Lucia Business Month, an official address by theHonourable Minister Emma Hippolyte, Minister of Commerce, will be aired on the National Television Network (NTN), on November 1st, 2021.