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August 9th
  Executive Luncheon -Transforming Education to meet the needs of the new economy - Call 452 3165 for details

September 19th
  Caribbean Building, Construction & Real Estate Exhibition - Centre of Excellence Tunapuna Trinidad

 

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Calendar of Events 2017

 
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December 2016
REQUEST FOR EXPERTISE
Address:
Duration Date: 16th December - 16th December
Duration Time: : - :
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The New President of the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture has requested that a Chamber List of Experts be developed to assist the Board and Secretariat more easily utilize the skills and talents of our members and their staff as we seek to have members more involved in the Chamber and its work, particularly, in the area of Advocacy.

 

I therefore invite you to complete this FORM indicating your area of expertise as well as the area of interest where you are willing to be called upon to serve as an Expert in helping the Chamber if the need arises.

 

In addition, please feel free to suggest young, outstanding staff from supervisory to Senior Management.

 

I would be grateful if you could complete the form below and return to the Chamber Secretariat by Friday December 16th, 2016.


September
Caribbean Building, Construction & Real Estate Exhibition   (Participate Now)
Address: Centre of Excellence Tunapuna Trinidad
Duration: 19th September - 21st September
Duration Time: : - :
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 The 1st International Caribbean Building, Construction & Real Estate Exhibition, CARIB BUILD & REAL ESTATE SHOW, will take place at the Centre of Excellence, Tunapuna, Trinidad, from 19- 21 September 2017. The event will be organised by AME Trade Ltd.

CARIB BUILD & REAL ESTATE SHOW, 3 thematic events in one all-encompassing trade event

  1. CARIB BUILD will showcase the major construction projects taking place in the Caribbean & allow companies to bid for new ventures.
  2. It will also allow companies in the building industry to promote their products and services to launch new brands, expand their sales distribution network and even target consumers directly.
  3. The CARIB Real Estate Show is a window of promotion for all types of housing in the Caribbean region, allowing buyers to find out how they can get on or climb the property ladder.

The CARIB BUILD & REAL ESTATE SHOW aims to become the definitive annual meeting place of building, construction and real estate professionals to:

  • Identify new opportunities in both the regional construction & building industry
  • Network with key private and public decision makers in the Caribbean’s building, construction and real estate industries
  • Discover the latest trends and innovations in the global building and construction industries
  • Sell their products, services and housing solutions directly to a large pool of trade visitors, targeted by an expansive media campaign
  • Demonstrate to home owners how they decorate, innovate & create their perfect living space
  • Promote the use of domestically produced building materials and a skilled local workforce
  • Find out about innovative financing solutions covering major building projects or to personal home purchasing.

The CARIB BUILD & REAL ESTATE SHOW will feature:

  • A three day trade event: with thematic pavilions dedicated to building & construction and the real estate industry
  • Corporate workshops: a platform exhibitors to explain their products & services in greater depth
  • B to B meeting area: allowing you to set up your important meetings before the event starts
  • Thematic Workshops: to allow knowledge sharing and up to date industry information.

Find our more about the CARIB Build & Real Estate show Here!

 

Interested organizations are asked to complete the application form and email to build@ametrade.org

 
August
Executive Luncheon -Transforming Education to meet the needs of the new economy   (Participate Now)
Address: Call 452 3165 for details
Duration: 9th August - 9th August
Duration Time: 12: - :
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 The St. Lucia Business Community To Dialogue On  Transforming  Education To Meet The Needs Of The New Economy

 

The Education sector and its relevance to the modern economy has been a growing concern of the members of the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce. On August 9 2017, Hon. Dr. Gale T.C. Rigobert, Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations And Sustainable Development will address the Chamber membership on the subject “Transforming Education to meet the needs of the new economy.”

 

 As one of the information services offered to its members The Chamber of Commerce, convenes monthly luncheons providing a forum for members to interact with experts on issues of concern to Business Community.

 

The Luncheon is timely as concerns about the Education sector and its relevance to the modern economy has been further validated by the IMF Article IV Consultation. This article speaks to the Government’s need to address skills mismatch and improve labor productivity by revising the national curriculum to match market demands and provide better training opportunities across sectors.

 

The forum will be held on July 6th over a luncheon discussion from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Members of the Business Community should contact the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture to register their interest and participation via email info@stluciachamber.org or telephone 758- 452-3165. 

 
July
Gov't Short -Medium term Debt Management Strategy and Implications for the Business Community
Address: call 4523165
Duration: 5th July - 5th July
Duration Time: : - :
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 National Debt and Economic Prospects to be discussed at the Chamber’s Executive Luncheon

 

High national debt and debt servicing has assumed higher significance among the concerns of the Members of the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce. Specific recommendations were therefore made to Government in the Chamber’s 2016 Budget Submissions.

The Chamber further notes the Prime Minister referencing the development of “a Medium Term Debt Management Strategy (MTDS ) to address the situationin his Budget Address for 2017/2018.

Ms. Cointha Thomas, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs will address the St. Lucia Business Community on July 6th on Government’s “Medium Term Debt Management Strategy” at the July Monthly Luncheon.

The implications of the high national debt and how this affects the economy and specifically the Business Community continues to be of major concern to Chamber Members. The Chamber of Commerce had specifically called on Government to articulate how it intends to deal with the critical issue of debt. Government faces having to roll over close to EC $800 million in short term debt in the 2017/2018 fiscal year.

These and other critical economic issues will be discussed by Ms. Thomas who has recently been appointed to this most important position. The Business Community is invited to listen and engage Government’s Chief Economic Policy Advisor in an informative and interactive session.

 The Chamber extends this invitation to all interested persons and businesses to participate fully in this presentation by contacting The Secretariat at telephone 452 3165 or email address info@stluciachamber.org.

 
June
Mind Your Business Development Series- Costing and Pricing 2017
Address: Chamber Secretariat Conference Room 1st Floor American Drywall Building Vide Bouteille Castries
Duration: 26th June - 7th July
Duration Time: : - :
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The St. Lucia Youth Business Trust in conjunction with the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture presents it’s highly regarded “Mind Your Business” Development Series 2017. Specifically designed for micro, small and medium sized enterprises on the island the “Costing and Pricing” module is highly acclaimed as it guarantees important, critical and often times ignored practical measures that can be applied immediately by participants.

The “Mind Your Business” Development Series has been specifically designed to provide critical business management skills and knowledge to small business. The program, delivered by experienced and knowledgeable practicing professionals and experts in their specific field gives practical guidance and skills that participants can apply immediately in their business. 

“Costing and Pricing” will be facilitated by Mr. Benjamin Menald, a private consultant with over 30 years extensive experience in financial planning analysis, strategic planning and costing and pricing, who continues to give back to the Community.

The course will take place on the following dates , June 26th and 27th, July 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The venue is the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture’s Conference Room, on the 2nd floor of the American Drywall Building, Vide Boutielle, Castries.

 Fee: $200 Per participant. Forms available here

Please contact the St. Lucia Youth Business Trust for further information at 1-758-452-3165 or email slybtslu@gmail.com 

 
June
Dale Carnegie Skills for Success
Address: Contact 452 3165
Duration: 22nd June - 17th August
Duration Time: 06: - 09:
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Final Call for Maximizing Your Potential 2017- Dale Carnegie Training Program begins this month!

 

 

The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture will be hosting another outstanding Dale Carnegie training program this year. The now famous and renowned Dale Carnegie Training -Skills for Success, is again on offer as this signature program continues to exceed the expectations of participants year after year.

 

Dale Carnegie courses are known for enabling participants to master the skills demanded in today's tough business environment by learning how to strengthen interpersonal relationships, manage stress and handle fast-changing workplace conditions. Additionally, participants will become better equipped to perform as persuasive communicators, problem-solvers and focused leaders. They develop a take-charge attitude initiated with confidence and enthusiasm.  

 

Targeted audience for this program include persons at all levels within corporations who seek to maximize their performance, become stronger leaders and add more value to the organization. In short, the course will empower participants to move far beyond their comfort zone as they stretch for and attain ambitious new goals. Moreover companies seeking value for money and high returns from training cannot go wrong with this course.

 

The flagship Effective Communications and Human Relations Course, now referred to as Skills for Success, has been run every year since 2004 by the Chamber and boasts as strong supporters and regular participants, companies like: LUCELEC, ECFH, WLBL, The NIC and M&C Group of companies. Because the program is designed for persons interested and ready to immediately improve their skills and approaches in both the personal and professional life, organizations have been very deliberate in whom they select to attend this life changing program.

 

This program is famous for offering value for money at a time where return on investment in training is critical. The orientation session is scheduled for this Thursday June 22nd 2017. This is the last call for participation for 2017.

 

The program will next be held in 2019 and so the Chamber encourages persons interested in participating in and make real progress in their lives, to contact the Secretariat at 452 3165 or email info@stluciachamber.org to register.

 
June
The CIP: Reform, Impact, Benefits and opportunities to the Economy
Address: NSDC Vieux Fort- Hewanorra Orchard, St. Judeís Highway Vieux Fort
Duration: 14th June - 14th June
Duration Time: 16:00 - 18:00
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The CIP: Reform, Impact, Benefits and opportunities to the Economy 

As the Chamber of Commerce continues its efforts to keep members abreast of critical issues affecting the country and their business, the Chamber hosts another informative discussion in its “Encounter Series” once again in the South of the Island. On Wednesday June 14th the Citizenship by Investment Program will be the Subject of Discussion at the NSDC Conference Facility from 4:00 p.m.

In March this year, an Executive Luncheon on the same subject was hosted at the Financial Centre at Pointe Seraphine and addressed by Chairman of the CIP Mr. Ryan Devaux and CEO Cindy Emmanuel-Mclean.  The Encounters’ theme is “The CIP: Reform, Impact, Benefits and Opportunities to the Economy.” 

 
April
Sales Training Programmes - RES Consulting
Address: Palm Haven Hotel
Duration: 19th April - 22nd April
Duration Time: : - :
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The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present two Sales Training Programmes to help meet the Sales needs of the Business Community.

 

Sales Management Program April 19 & 20 2017

 

This program is for:

  • frontline sales managers or supervisors needing to strengthen their sales team
  • experienced sales managers with an interest in adding new skills to their toolkit
  • new sales managers coming to terms with their current role and in achieving sales targets
  • key persons in a company, responsible for generating revenue
  • senior executives who need to strengthen their company’s business development

 

We strongly believe that better trained managers get better results from their team members who they train and so the second part of the training is Sales Champion Training. Your Sales Reps are on your Company’s front-line, in the market, with your key customers! The “partnerships” they develop and nurture with customers; and the services and revenue that flow between them and the Company, is in their hands.    

 

Sales Champion Program April 21 & 22 2017

 

This Program targets:

  • Frontline sales persons looking to increase their close rates and income
  • Experienced sales executives wanting to add new skills and capabilities
  • New sales persons who want to horn their skills and become successful sales professionals

 

These high impact sales programs will be comprehensive, intense and demanding.  It will also be rewarding and enjoyable.  Our approach will be highly participative and interactive; combining dynamic presentations, vigorous discussions, practical case studies and workshops.  Our discussions will draw on your expertise and experience, to facilitate the exchange of ideas.

 

These Sales Programs will be delivered by Res Consulting of Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr. Francis M Lewis is the Principal Consultant. He founded the consultancy in 1993, growing it from a solo-practitioner to multi-professional firm. ResCo brings a strong commercial “top line” focus, working with clients to address business strategy, market and sales challenges, growth opportunities and management issues. 

 

If this program interests you, download our registration form  below 

Members!  

Non-Members!

and email us at info@stluciachamber.org.

 

We urge you to book early and take advantage of the early bird specials

 

Early Bird specials end: March 31st 2017

Registration Deadline: April 7th 2017

 

 

 

 
February
Reduction in VAT
Address:
Duration: 1st February - 
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Value Added Tax (Amendment of Rate) Order

 

SAINT LUCIA

 

STATUTORY INSTRUMENT, 2016, No. 101

 

[ 5th December, 2016 ]

 

In exercise of the power conferred under section 10(3) of the Value Added Tax Act, Cap. 15.42, the Minister responsible for finance makes this Order:

 

Citation

 

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Value Added Tax (Amendment of Rate) Order, 2016.

 

  (2) This Order shall come into force on the 1st day of February, 2017.

 

Amendment of rate under section 10

 

    2. Section 10(1) of the Value Added Tax Act, Cap.15.42 is amended by deleting the rate of “15%” and substituting the rate of “12.5%”.

 

Made this 2nd day of December, 2016.

 VAT Reduction

 

 

ALLEN M. CHASTANET,

 

Minister responsible for finance.


 

 
January
2017 SAINT LUCIA BUSINESS AWARDS- NOMINEES ANNOUNCEMENT
Address:
Duration: 28th January - 28th January
Duration Time: 19:00 - 24:00
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 NOMINEES ANNOUNCEMENT:

The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture has announced the Nominees for the 2017 St. Lucia Business Awards scheduled to take place on January 28th, 2017. The Awards Ceremony once again forms part of Noble Laureate Week.

With high quality submissions the judges have provided the nominees for next year’s celebration of excellence in the Business Community. The nominees for the St. Lucia Business Awards 2017 are:

• eMagine Solutions Inc
• 1st National Bank St. Lucia Limited 
• Algas Organics
• Automotive Art Automotive Art (St. Lucia) Ltd. 
• Bay Gardens Resorts
• Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa
• Cool Breeze Jeep/Car Rental
• EcoCarib Inc.
• FDL Consult Inc
• First Citizens Investment Services Limited 
• Green Haven Fresh Farm
• J.E. Bergasse & Company Ltd.
• SMJ (St Lucia) Ltd
• Peter and Company Distribution Ltd
• St. Lucia Distillers Ltd
• Wavemaker Photography
• Windward and Leeward Brewery Ltd

The St. Lucia Business Awards 2017 will this year be again presented by the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture in conjunction with the Office of the Prime Minister. The St. Lucia Business Awards will be held on January 28th 2017, and will be broadcast live from 7:00pm on Choice TV on www.choice39.tv via the internet and mobile phones.

 
January
2017 St. Lucia Business Awards- E-Ticket
Address: Johnson's Centre, Rodney Bay
Duration: 28th January - 28th January
Duration Time: 19:00 - :
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 E-Ticket 

Reserve your tickets today!

Email info@stluciachamber.org