The Barbados Private Sector Trade Team (BPSTT), a Division of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA), will host a workshop on Standards, Technical Regulations and Sanitary & Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) Measures for Barbadian producers interested in exporting to the European Union (EU). The workshop is also expected to address potential sources of funding that firms can access to enhance their export capabilities.

This workshop will be facilitated by Ms. Lisa Callender, an independent consultant hired by the BPSA under an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) funded project geared towards assisting the Barbados private sector to take advantage of regional and global integration. The workshop will take place on Tuesday October 16th, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Conference Room of the Cave Hill School of Business at the University of the West Indies. Part funding for this particular exercise is also coming from the Barbados Manufacturers’ Association (BMA).

On Wednesday October 17th, the BPSTT will also conduct small group sessions with stakeholders in the tourism industry. These sessions will help to inform the development of export guides and action plans for tourism marketing and distribution service providers in Barbados who have an interest in the EU market. These sessions will be conducted at the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) Secretariat from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on October 17th, 2012. The BHTA is located at 4th Avenue, Belleville, St. Michael.

Similar small group sessions will also be held for agro-processors and food producers who are interested in exporting their products to the EU. These sessions would take place at the BMA Secretariat on Friday October 19th, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. These sessions will inform the development of export guides and action plans for Barbadian producers for use in the EU market.

The small group sessions will comprise groups of pre-selected participants. However, the workshop is free and open to any food producer with an interest in exporting to the EU. Interested parties are asked to contact the BPSTT Secretariat at 430-6541 or email at Ms. Tracey Lovell or Ms. Akilah Phillips would assist persons with registration or information.

According to Mr. Joel Richards, Trade Consultant with the Barbados Private Sector Trade Team, “Having been involved in negotiating the Economic Partnership Agreement between the Caribbean and the EU, the BPSTT is committed to assist enterprises in Barbados to take advantage of commercial opportunities in Europe.

Part of this commitment involves working with enterprises and business support organizations in providing relevant information and strategic advice on how they can enter the EU and other export markets. At the BPSTT, we believe that boosting domestic exports could play a significant role in returning the country to positive and sustained economic growth”.

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