A week of meetings and events to mark the official launch of the British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce in Saint Lucia was concluded with a cocktail party hosted in Cap Estate by Chamber President, John Kennedy, attended by Her Excellency the Governor General of Saint Lucia, Dame Pearlette Louisy, Prime Minister The Honourable Dr Kenny Anthony, former prime ministers Stephenson King and Dr Vaughn Lewis, members of the Opposition, including Allen Chastanet and Dr Gail Rigobert as well as other distinguished ministers, parliamentarians and leaders of the business community of Saint Lucia.

In remarks made to the invited guests, Chamber President John Kennedy expressed his gratitude to those attending for their enthusiastic support and confidence in the decision to establish the British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce and noted that Saint Lucia was the second state in the region to have such an organisation and it was a mark of confidence in the potential for trading links between the UK and Saint Lucia that had led to this decision.

The guests were told that the Chamber’s role would be to immediately add support and value to current business activity in Saint Lucia and between British and Saint Lucian businesses, further deepening the relationship between our two countries going forward.

The establishment of the Chamber was described as a win-win for both British and St Lucian companies seeking to do business – for the benefit of both countries and through collaboration and partnerships with each other. Tribute and recognition was made to Saint Lucia’s own Chamber of Commerce Industry & Agriculture founded in 1884, the oldest organization of its kind in St Lucia and a particular welcome was extended to its members present.

The President of the Chamber, Mr John Kennedy took the opportunity to formally announce the appointment of a new Country Manager for Saint Lucia, Mr Randy Cato, who recently retired as the OECS’s Senior Director of Economic Affairs and gave special acknowledgement to the British High Commission, Andy Pryce and Debra Worrell in particular and Dr Ian Kelly.

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