Monday, June 20, 2005 - St. Lucian producers of arts and craft along with
fashion designers will get an opportunity to showcase their products, at the
Caribbean Gift and Craft Show in Barbados from September 22nd to the 25th.
Organized by the Caribbean Export Development Agency-Carib Export, the show
seeks to exploit the potential of the handicraft, gift and fashion industries
and the potential linkages with other sectors.
St. Lucia was the venue for the third leg in a series of preparatory launches on
June 14th, leading up to the September show. This year’s show carries two sub
themes, “CSME, and CWC 2007-a stage for creativity and innovation in the
region.” Caribbean export recognizes that both these events will present new
business opportunities for the region’s small and medium enterprises.
Show manager Ms. Maureen Pollard said as Caribbean territories seek to position
themselves as strong contenders in the global marketplace, it is essential that
new alliances are formed.
“Two significant achievements which will clearly indicate that Caribbean
integration is finally evolving will be the implementation of the CARICOM Single
Market and Economy and the hosting of Cricket World Cup 2007. Both these
initiatives will see the region uniting and synergies resulting with us sending
a clear signal to the rest of the world that the Caribbean is indeed ready to
compete,” She added.
In 2004 the global craft and gift sector was estimated to have generated well
over US$300 billion dollars in business. Export orders generated at the
Caribbean Gift and Craft Show in 2003 and 2004 were in excess of US$6 million
The Government of Saint Lucia has supported the handicraft sector through the
National Industrial Policy and the recently formulated National Export Strategy.
The craft sector is important in the development of the tourism product a
mainstay of the Saint Lucian economy.
The handicraft sector in St. Lucia directly impacts the lives of over 300
persons through full time and part-time employment. Although the sector is still
much undeveloped, it generates revenue of approximately 6 million dollars
According St. Lucia’s Director of Commerce Titus Preville, “So as far as we in
St. Lucia are concerned we recognize the potential of the handicraft sector, and
at the government level we are doing as much as is possible under the various
constraints of finance and personnel etc. to help the manufacturing sector find
its niche and rightful place.”
First Caribbean International Bank, is providing sponsorship for the 2005
Caribbean Gift and Craft Show, expected to see the involvement of 200
exhibitors, and 11, 000 visitors.