Business Forum Thursday

THE Department of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs will, next Thursday host the second national forum on Doing Business in Saint Lucia.

Held under the theme “Improving Efficiency in the Business Environment,” forum attendees will deliberate methods that will improve Saint Lucia’s business processes.

Permanent Secretary at the Department of Commerce, Titus Preville, explained that the forum will assess the successes and challenges in reforming the business environment in Saint Lucia.

He said: “During the second national forum emphasis will be placed on the e-filing and e-payment project which involves making online payments and filing your taxes online. There will also be an introduction of an electronic system for the Land Registry that will make access to information at the Land Registry more efficient. Additionally, we will look at a single (market) window.”

Nancy Francis Charles, director of the Office of Investment Coordination, said that because the forum is a national event, all should show an interest.

She said: “We have together the public and private sectors and civil society, because a national forum is important to everyone in Saint Lucia. We want everyone to be a part of the national reform agenda. Because we all live in Saint Lucia we have to transact business in Saint Lucia, so it is not only for foreign investments, but also for local investors—our own domestic users. And so, we want to encourage members of the public who have any input or any ideas to come to the Department of Commerce. We want you to be a part of the process. Your input is valuable to us.”

The forum will take place at the Financial Administrative Centre in Pointe Seraphine.

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