With a heavy buyer focus and an overall objective of increasing exports for Saint Lucia and the OECS within priority sectors and markets, Specialty Caribbean EXPO 2017 has to date attracted some thirty (30) buyers from North America, the United Kingdom and the English and French Caribbean.

Specialty Caribbean EXPO (SCE) 2017 is an initiative by Saint Lucia Trade Export Promotion Agency (TEPA) in cooperation with the OECS Commission, with title sponsor AMERIJET. The four day event is being hosted under the theme “A Unique Buying Experience’ from March 9-12 at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground.

To date TEPA has confirmed that approximately 150 exhibitors from the OECS and Martinique will have the opportunity to meet and engage buyers from Canada, UK, USA, Guadeloupe, Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados, Martinique and Saint Lucia. Local buyers include major Hotels, Massy Stores, Massy Distribution, Sea island Cotton.

The Buyer Missions represent a number of sectors such as Information Technology (IT), Music, Agro-processing/Agri-Business, Fashion, Professional Services, Film, and Construction.

Thursday March 9, SCE 2017 opening day, will be a dedicated Buyer Day which will culminate in a Business Mixer. Business to Business (B2B) meetings are also scheduled to optimize the level of networking opportunities between exhibitors and buyers throughout the four day exposition.

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In an unprecedented move to deliver the best group medical insurance coverage for hospitality industry workers, the SLHTA announces a strategic alliance with local insurance broker Sterling Insurance Services (St. Lucia) Ltd.   The strategic alliance which was forged last month came into full effect on 1st March 2017, with the introduction of a NEW SLHTA GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN being offered exclusively to employees of SLHTA member companies.   SLHTA Chief Executive Officer Noorani Azeez explained that “the new plan was designed around a keen consideration of which medical insurance benefits are in the best interest of our industry employees and built according to the demands of industry workers.”