Discussions on Development of East Caribbean Business Organisations continue

According to a press release issued by the St. Kitts Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the discussions, which will end on 10th December, are being held in St. Kitts and involve delegates of three Chambers of Commerce in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) namely the St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Kitts Nevis and two European Chambers namely the Chamber of Birmingham, England and Promofirenze of the Chamber of Florence, Italy.

The delegates, the press release indicates, will further advance the 19-month project that aims, among other matters, to assist OECS Chambers with (a) capacity building and institutional strengthening; (b) development and transfer of organizational best practices; (c) trade promotion among partner countries and (d) development of key economic growth clusters among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

This DECBO Partners’ Meeting is the third of such gatherings for 2010, with the first two being held in St. Lucia in April, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines in late July/early August.  This current meeting, which is being hosted by the St. Kitts-Nevis Chamber of Industry & Commerce, will entail the following major activities:

Monday, December 6, 2010 –    Seminar on Corporate Social Responsibility
(CSR) (facilitated by Dr Upkar Pardesi of Birmingham, England)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 –   Seminar on the Development of Sustainable
Services for Business Support Organisations (facilitated by Jonathan Webber of the
Birmingham Chamber & Carlotta Viviani of Promofirenze in Florence, Italy) 
December 8-10, 2010 –             Private Partners’ Meetings to Assess DECBO
Project Development and Finalise the Work Programme over the next nine months

CIC_WendyBoth seminars will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Ocean Terrace Inn, while the Private Partners’ Meetings are being convened at the Chamber’s Secretariat at Horsford Road, Fortlands, Basseterre.

It was noted by , that the Organisation’s partnership in DECBO is valued at over EC$500,000, which is a significant investment  by the EU, in strengthening the local private sector body.  She added that this technical assistance and capacity building project should be well used in order to better position the Chamber and its membership to participate in the ever increasing competitive marketplace in which globalisation forces even small island developing states (SIDS) to operate, thrive or get left behind.

A limited number of seminar spaces are still available to interested private sector operators.  As such, such persons are asked to contact the Chamber at either telephone number 465-2980 or via e-mail at sknchamber@sisterisles.kn.







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