Monday 30 November, 2020

Export St Lucia nominated for World Trade Promotion Organization award

Export Saint Lucia’s CEO Sunita Daniel

Export Saint Lucia’s CEO Sunita Daniel

Saint Lucia is the only island in the Caribbean that has been shortlisted for the 2020 World Trade Promotion Organization (WTPO) Excellence in Export Initiatives Awards.

The WTPO Awards 2020 received 60 applications, the highest number since the awards were created in 2004. The shortlisted organizations are competing in three categories:

  • Best use of a partnership – Colombia, Egypt, Sweden, the United Republic of Tanzania, the Netherlands, Viet Nam, Zimbabwe;
  • Best use of information technology – Brazil, China, Georgia, Malaysia, Portugal, United Arab Emirates;

Best initiative to ensure that trade is inclusive and sustainable          

Austria

Advantage Austria

Costa Rica

Export Promotion Agency of Costa Rica ( PROCOMER )

Lithuania

Enterprise Lithuania

Saint Lucia

Export Saint Lucia

Spain

ICEX Spain Exports and Investments

Elated upon receiving the news, Minister of Commerce, Industry, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs, Hon Bradley Felix said: “The fact that we were selected as a finalist, regardless of the outcome, shows how far our products have been recognized and reached. We must appreciate the quality of what we have. If it can be recognized internationally, what’s preventing us from equally enjoying and indulging in the best of our own? Congratulations to Export Saint Lucia!”

Export Saint Lucia CEO Sunita Daniel, equally jubilant, said: “Even getting to that stage among all countries of the world is a tremendous achievement. We look forward to the announcement of the overall winner.

Being shortlisted for such a prestigious award is rewarding and fulfilling. It is quite a compliment for us to be listed among agencies that are astronomically bigger than ours, because of the quality of our work and the impact of our initiatives. Export Saint Lucia continues to strive for operational excellence, which translates into excellence for our clients and by extension their clients. It is a winning attitude.”

The TPO Network World Conference is a biennial event, first held in 1996 in Cartagena, Colombia. The 13th conference, themed ‘Bold solutions for resilience and recovery’ will bring together more than 200 TPO representatives, policymakers and business leaders from over 70 economies.

The winners will be announced at the 13th WTPO Conference in Accra, Ghana, on October 14.

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