Barbados Coalition of Service Industries (BCSI) seeks to bring the national spotlight on the non-traditional services sector
The word “services” in the minds of many Barbadians usually conjures ideas of tourism or the financial sector. As the national umbrella body for service sector development, the Barbados Coalition of Service Industries (BCSI) is seeking to broaden and deepen national awareness and knowledge of non-traditional services sectors. To achieve this, the BCSI will be hosting, in collaboration with its members, stakeholders and partners, the inaugural National Services Week in April 2013 from April 2nd to 5th, which will highlight the non-traditional services sectors, the enormous potential they hold for national economic growth and development, employment creation and foreign exchange generation.
National Services Week 2013 will also provide networking and profiling opportunities for services providers who are members of the BCSI, initiate national dialogue on topical issues affecting the sector and create an enabling environment for regional and international service providers, development partners, trading partners and policy makers to integrate to the benefit of the local services economy.
The week of activities commence on April 2nd at the Grande Salle at 7:00 pm with a lecture series focusing on the opportunities, challenges and solutions to the movement of people and business within CARICOM. “Many provisions made in the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas which allow for the movement of people and business remain to date misunderstood and under-utilised by many businesses and service providers,” Ms. Cummins added. This first lecture draws attention to regional integration specifically the temporary movement of persons around which there has been significant debate as a result of various challenges with implementation.
With a mandate of promoting service sector development and service exporting, the BCSI continues to work to elevate non-traditional services to the national economic stage through awareness, networking, development, export development and export promotion, seeking ultimately to create an export oriented service sector in Barbados