Caribbean Island wants better economic ties with Nigeria
In order to open up investment opportunities for Nigerian businessmen, the Consulate of Island State of Saint Vincent & The Grenades in the Federal Republic of Nigeria has concluded plans to host a conference between 10th and 14th October in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad.
Speaking on the upcoming conference, the Consul, Hon. Mr Levi Wilson Odoe said that the five-day Conference would have distinguished speakers drawn from the Honourable Prime Minister’s Office, Government Officials, Business, ECOWAS, CARICOM, and the legal Profession.
Odoe stated that the conference is about building economic ties between the two countries. According to him, the participants would benefit from networking experiences of other high-level delegates, financiers, service providers, manufacturers and policy markers.
“The Conference will focus on key sectors of micro businesses, micro finance, properties, information technology, commercial TV business, import/export, agriculture, agro processing, root crops, herbs, rum, fish/fishing etc. This will promote and create opportunities for business owners and investors to meet regularly amongst themselves and open trade links between Caribbean Islands and West Africa.”
He said that the registration fees is US$1000 with attendees expected to arrive at the venue on October 9, 2016, to have some hours rest before the Conference starts on the 10th.
Odoe said that while the visa fees are non-refundable, the Consulate will endeavour to request the issuance of visas, on the understanding that participants must ensure that they have the necessary passports, bank statements, health certificates for their visas.
He listed one other benefit of participating to include the CACI issuing awards to some of the distinguished attendees, and Corporate Bodies in recognition of their services and contributions to Society and International Community.
According to Odoe, any businessman who invested in the State of Saint Vincent & The Grenades has the entire Caribbean as his target market with no restriction or need for licensing when the goods need to move across borders. He however said that such goods must be produced within the Island. He also claimed that return on investment is high.
Providing insight to the profile of the country, he said that in 2014, the number of cruise passengers visiting St. Vincent and the Grenadines rose to 85,170 from 80,185 in 2013.
He said that although the numbers are lower than previous years, there has been a steady increase the last three years. “The islands even dedicated the entire month of November as “Tourism Month,” with plenty of entertainment and events. Local artisans and vendors also went through training with the Ministry of Tourism to aid them in bettering their products.
“Recently, P&O Cruises’ Adonia, the smallest ship in the fleet (710 passengers) called on Bequia – marking a first for the U.K.-based company. In addition, Princess Cruises’ 680-passenger Ocean Princess will include St. Vincent on a rare holiday voyage this December.
“On shore, passengers are treated to a rainforest environment ripe with eco-adventures, stunning beaches, and historic towns like St. Vincent – dotted with cobblestone streets. The waters are perfect for snorkeling and diving, and around Easter, the island of Bequia continues its maritime tradition with the annual sailing regatta.
“The area is extremely popular for sailing charters, and in recent years two new windjammer cruises have attracted a strong following of passengers seeking a different style of cruising. These tall ship cruises offer a relaxed pace and a chance to “unplug” from technology. Regularly-scheduled, seven-night voyages are available from Grenada to a Bequia, Carriacou, Mayreau, Tobago Cays, and Union Island, among others.”