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Minister of Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs and Member of Parliament for Gros Islet Honourable Emma Hippolyte has enthusiastically congratulated two local companies for winning top awards at a recent international business convention and gala awards ceremony in Germany.


Construction and Industrial Equipment (CIE) Ltd and Viking Traders Ltd, both locally-owned companies operating in the North of the island, were among 48 countries from Africa, Asia, Australia, The Caribbean, North, South and Central America, Europe and Oceania that received “Arch of Europe” awards from Business Initiative Directions (BID), a Frankfurt-based international business development entity that awards companies worldwide for excellence in their respective sectors.


CIE won the Gold award among construction companies and Viking won the Platinum in its manufacturing category, with both companies collecting their awards at an April 30th BID Convention and Gala Awards ceremony at the Frankfurt InterContinental Hotel from BID President and CEO Jose Prieto.


“I am delighted by the news that two locally-owned companies were distinguished as the best in their respective categories,” says Commerce Minister Emma Hippolyte. The minister said she was “particularly pleased that the two local companies were awarded for achievements in quality, innovation and excellence. CIE and Viking are two well-known local companies that have demonstrated their ability to strive to go beyond the ordinary, to be creative and innovative with the customer in mind, and to win awards at home and abroad for their services and products,” she added.


CIE has been in existence for some 15 years and Viking for 33 years, each among the local leaders in the construction and condiment manufacturing fields, respectively.


The Commerce Minister said, “These two local companies not only have made Saint Lucia proud, but they have also set laudable standards for our local companies to aim for quality and excellence beyond our shores and horizons. I congratulate them and I urge all other local companies to emulate their examples at a time when we see local private sector companies increasingly setting quality standards to constantly improve their products to better serve their customers and consumers in general. These two local companies have done well to make Saint Lucia proud and they can both take a bow.” 

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