The ‘Trade Enhancement for the Eastern Caribbean’ project (TEECA) will be officially launched on January 31, 2018 at 9:00 AM at the ‘Pôle Consulaire de Formation’ (Consular Training center) in Schoelcher, Martinique. The programme devised by the Chamber of Commerce of Martinique targets companies ready to export for the first time to Eastern Caribbean countries. Traditionally, mainland France has been the first export destination, however opportunities offered in OECS Member States have to be taken into account.
In order to start trading with Eastern Caribbean countries, entrepreneurs need to understand the markets, the legal environment and meet potential business partners. Hence, the INTERREG Caraïbe programme TEECA aims at fostering mutual knowledge and regional trade as well as strengthening companies competitiveness towards international markets through integration and most of all through an innovative process.
The programme is tailored for businesses with limited export experience. Entrepreneurs participating in the TEECA project will benefit from a two year individual and group coaching programme to ensure their products and services are export ready.
The TEECA Project is coordinated by the Chamber of Commerce of Martinique and co-funded by INTERREG Caraïbes under the FEDER (European Regional Development Fund). The project is also based upon the strong partnership between the OECS Commission and the Caribbean Export Development Agency.
Companies in areas such as the food industry, IT, environment, music and the fashion industry will be able to apply to the TEECA project from February 1st, 2018 to March 23rd through the website of the Chamber of Commerce of Martinique.