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    GRENADA CHAMBER OF INDUSTRY & COMMERCE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2017

    Thursday, September 28th

    MEDIA RELEASE

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

     

    GRENADA CHAMBER OF INDUSTRY & COMMERCE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2017

     

    The Grenada Chamber of Industry & Commerce (GCIC) held its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 27th September, at the GIDC conference room, Frequente Industrial Park.

    Mr Ruel Edwards, the President, spoke on the challenges faced by the Chamber and the business community during the structural adjustment programme.  He highlighted some of the areas of success for the Chamber - increase in membership, the Bus Shelter programme, increased advocacy and the Chamber’s improved financial position. He also stated that due to the improved financial position the Chamber was able to contribute $15,000 to the Labour Code Review, along with contributions made by members.

    He stated that the GCIC continues to press the Government for a further reduction in the Stamp Tax and to institute an incentive regime for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).  He noted that the Chamber participated in numerous consultations on behalf of its members, one of which is the soon to be implemented National Export Strategy. He emphasized the role the Chamber played in the discussions with the Americas Business Dialogue, this included improvement in infrastructure and strengthening of trade for goods and services; facilitation of financial resources to spur growth and development; stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship and development of human capital; maximize the potential of the region’s energy and natural resources.  He also noted the GCIC's partnership with the Global Environment Facility Small Grant Programme to build capacity for sustainable projects of NGO’s, CBO’s and CSO’s.

    As part of the ongoing advocacy of the Chamber, Mr. Edwards stated that renewed attention will be placed on the real estate sector and the amendment of the Aliens Land Holding License. He is hopeful that the Chamber will be able to assist with the promotion of investment in the outer parishes to help with job creation in those parishes. He also stated that focus will now be placed on the meat industry, to ensure that Grenada is a viable player for production of meat for the export market. Mr. Edwards specified that going forward one of the focus of the Chamber will be to acquire a home for the Secretariat.

    He underscored the fact that the GCIC Annual Banquet and Business Awards ceremony which will be held on October 28th at the Spice Basket, will include a focus on women in agriculture processing and youth innovation. 

    The Guest Speaker for the evening will be Mr. Timothy Antoine, Governor of the ECCB. The theme for the event is “Strategic Realignment for Growth and Sustainability.”

    The Guest speaker for the AGM, Mr Fitzroy James, Director of Economic and Technical Cooperation, in the Ministry of Economic Development, Planning, Trade and Cooperatives, spoke on the need for “Constructive and Continuous Public Private Structured Dialogue and Engagement, as a necessary requirement for Sustainable and Inclusive Development.”

    At the AGM a new board was elected and The Executive Director, Ms Petipha Lewis-Smith thanked the outgoing board members, for their invaluable service to the Chamber and welcomed the incoming Board.

    Incoming Board:

    NAME

    POSITION

    ORGANISATION

    Mr. Abraham Lester Andall

    President        

    Grenada Distillers Ltd.

    Mr. Emmanuel Duncan

    1st Vice President     

    Ezone Ltd.

    Mr Salim Rahaman

    2nd Vice President

    Spice Isle Retreaders

    Mrs Naomi De Allie

    Treasurer

    Republic Bank Ltd.

    Ms.Judy McCutcheon

    Director

    GoBlue Inc.

    Ms.Camille Goddard

    Director

    GUT

    Mr. Osmond Henry

    Director

    Jonas Browne & Hubbard (G’da) Ltd.

    Ms.  X. Cherebin-Forsyth

    Director

    NAWASA

    Mr.Garfield Hankey

    Director

    Hankey’s Computer Store

    Mr Anderson Stanisclaus

    Director

    Streamline Networks Ltd.

    Mr.Neil Nedd

    Director

    Nedd’s Rental Services

     

     

    For further information please contact Petipa Lewis-Smith, Executive Director, at the GCIC Secretariat at telephone number 440-2937 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     

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