ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, Friday, April 26, 2013: The Ministry of Economic Development, Trade, Planning and Cooperatives, led by its minister Hon. Mr. Oliver Joseph, held its’ inaugural meeting with the Grenada Coalition of Services Industries (GCSI) on the Wednesday April 24th 2013.
The meeting was one of information sharing and the forging of a working partnership between the Ministry and the GCSI.
The GCSI, still in its infancy stage, is the umbrella body that has the responsibility for representing the services sector associations. The purpose of the GCSI is to provide support to the services sectors of Grenada so that it can grow and become a significant driver of the economy. The goal of the Coalition is to enhance the global competitiveness of Grenada’s services sector and ensure that high quality and international standards are adopted. The GCSI is also intended to serve as a lobby to government on behalf of the services sectors. The Coalition, once fully operational will also provide services to the various services sectors such as training, market research and serve as a repository for trade information that would be relevant to service providers who wish to export their service.
At the meeting, the GCSI took the opportunity to inform the Minister of their current activities as well the challenges they are encountering in establishing themselves and meeting their objectives. They also provided an update of their activities and the progress that has been made over the past two years.
Minister Joseph assured the GCSI of the Ministry’s support for the Coalition and its objectives. He encouraged them to put a formal structure in place, such as a Board of Director and a work plan, as a means of demonstrating their seriousness and commitment. This, he told them, will open ‘doors’ to support in many areas. He also told them that the Ministry is pleased to work along with them to enhance and expand the services exports of Grenada.
The next meeting of the parties will be held within three (3) months.