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Monday, March 7, 2005 - The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) is spearheading a seminar with the theme, “Protect and Position your Business for CSME” to be held at the Cara Suites Hotel on March l4 and 15 and March 16 and 17, from 9:00am to 4:30pm.

The seminar is being organized by OPM, the Ministry of Commerce, Investment and Consumer Affairs, and St. Lucia Bureau of Standards, in collaboration with Standards, Assurance and Innovation in Global Business (SAI Global) and Gama Investments.

This initiative comes as Saint Lucia prepares itself for a new era in trade, which is expected to take effect under agreements with such bodies as the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).

Accordingly, the seminar is designed specifically for managers and supervisors, and will be the first in a series of programmes and interventions aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of local businesses in this era of free trade and globalization.

In this new dispensation, the challenges and opportunities to the Saint Lucia business community will hinge on productivity and competitiveness in Saint Lucia, across CARICOM, and in the world at large. Therefore, the Saint Lucian business, in addition to offering competitive prices, will have to offer value for money and excellent customer relations consistent with international standards.

The SAI Global seminar is intended to present the Government and private sector businesses with information on ISO Quality/Business Management Systems and Information Management, and how they can be utilized to assist in achieving performance, improvement, and market goals.

ISO is a series of international standards developed by quality experts from around the world for use by companies that either want to implement their own in-house quality systems or to ensure that suppliers have appropriate quality systems in place.

The ISO standards developed and maintained by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), promote international trade by providing one consistent set of requirements for both quality management and quality assurance. These requirements have been adopted by over 90 countries around the world.

According to Cabinet Secretary Dr. James Fletcher, “this seminar is both timely and germane, and will auger well as we prepare for the impending events of trade globalization”.

Registration and other details can be obtained from Ms. Christel Eugene at telephone number, (758) 468-5133 or Gilbert Jean-Francois at (758) 489-2709.

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