New Program to accelerate trade between Martinique and OECS Member States

New Program to accelerate trade between Martinique and OECS Member States

Translation of the press release from the Martinique Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 — The Chamber of Commerce of Martinique, the OECS Commission and the Caribbean Export Development Agency have partnered to launch the Trade Enhancement in the Eastern Caribbean Project (TEECA).

The programme is tailored for Martinique based companies ready to export to Eastern Caribbean markets. The official launch of the TEECA project will be held on January 31, 2018 at the ‘Pôle Consulaire de Formation’ (consular training center) in Schoelcher, Martinique in presence of the Director General of the OECS Commission, Dr. Didacus Jules.

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.

Poster of the TEECA Project - Chamber of Commerce of Martinique
Poster of the TEECA Project - Chamber of Commerce of Martinique