Ras Bushman part of trade mission to Surinam

POSTED: 06/28/16 7:36 PM

Trade mission Suriname

Part of the delegates at the trade mission in Suriname. Photo contributed.

St. Maarten News – Roland Joe, aka Bushman was part of a delegation from St. Maarten that recently participated in a trade mission and congress about doing sustainable business. The objective of the event was to promote business relationships between parties from Surinam, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Caribbean and Latin America.

For example a company from Surinam could consider by means of a partnership to be active in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Caribbean & Latin America or vice versa. Different keynote speakers held interesting presentations elaborating on the advantages offered when doing business between these countries. There were entrepreneurial and bankers debate showing the do’s and the don’ts of intercultural entrepreneurship. Attention was given to why it is attractive for Surinam to spread its wings towards the kingdom and the other regions.

Farmer and sustainability entrepreneur from St. Maarten Roland Joe was very impressed with the information received on farming in Surinam. ‘We had a chance to see what is being done in Surinam, we met with key players of the oil -, forestry-, energy-, water -, agriculture -,transportation-, tourism and financial sector of Surinam and I was pretty surprised about how open they were with the sharing of information. And I must thank especially Dwight Tjin Kon Kiem for his support in this mission.”

This trade mission about doing business in Surinam was supported by the Dutch Embassy and was part of the COSME Programme, the final program under the 10th EDF Regional Program for the Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories, that was launched on April 1, 2014 on Tortola .

The program’s overall objective is to contribute to the sustainable and climate-resilient economic diversification and prosperity of Caribbean OCTs. This will be accomplished by improving the competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the participating territories. The program will disperse €15 million to projects benefitting the participating Caribbean Territories. The funds were made available by the European Union (EU).

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