Top industry giants prep for Enterprise Development Forum

Dr. Richard Brown
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Dr. Richard Brown, Director,  Single Market and Sectoral Programmes at the CARICOM Secretariat, will join Dr. James Fletcher as the keynote speakers at the upcoming first Annual Enterprise Development Forum and Marketplace (EDFM) to be held 13-14 June, 2018, in Saint Lucia, the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) has announced.

Dr. Brown, an International Trade Specialist, will make a presentation on Regional Business and Trade Facilitation and open the proceedings for the second day of panel discussions aimed at findings solutions to the various problems identified.

Dr. Fletcher, Sustainable Development Specialist and author, will open the event with discourse on Sustainability Defined. Dr. Fletcher has extensive knowledge in the field representing Saint Lucia and the Region internationally, during his tenure as the Minister for Public Service, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, throughout his career as the Director of Social and Sustainable Development at the Secretariat of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States and, as the Cabinet Secretary in the Government of Saint Lucia, and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.


Dr. James Fletcher will open the discourse

Other key topic areas include Energy Management | The truth behind alternative sources, Solid Waste Management | Can emerging technologies be the answer? Construction and Engineering|The key to effective project development; The Legal Strategy | A Key Component; Doing Business in the Region | Mastering the Process!; Tourism Development | Unmasking the Developer; and Banking on Sustainability – Investment & Making the Right Choice

As the effects of climate change continue to affect economies of the Region, there is a call for more sustainable practices to be employed where necessary, to promote resilience. It should also not be left to the governments to come up with the solutions. It is an opportune time for the private sector and especially new entrepreneurs to capitalise on the potential these discussions provide.  It is with this in mind, the EDFM was created, the CTO said.

The Forum will be held with the aim of bringing experts from various interrelated fields to dialogue, network and find solutions for some of the key issues which are affecting the Caribbean. The proceedings will take the form of panel discussions during the forum sessions, followed by a lively marketplace where businesses can showcase their products and services.

A major component of the event is to stimulate more entrepreneurship in the Region by bringing together international companies, local businesses and service providers. The organising committee has ensured that the young adults are not left out by incorporating a youth development component of the event. Three young adults will undertake a two-month internship with Solid Waste Management and 1st National Bank St. Lucia prior to the event and have the opportunity to present a working prototype of a recycled product for sale for a chance for bigger prizes. Registration for applications is now open for this component. Email

With speakers featured represented by local and regional bodies, companies are urged to register for a slot in this upcoming engagement as an attendee and/or exhibitor. Regional representatives will include members of CARICOM, the Caribbean Development Bank, CARILEC and more interested stakeholders. For more information, please visit us on facebook and linkedin @enterprisedevelopmentforum or visit for the latest updates.

For more information, please contact:

Kezia Preville/Nerdin St. Rose

Event Organisers

(T) 714-4882/713-9191




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