St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce launches teaser-DVD for investors’ guide

POSTED: 12/20/13 12:08 PM

“Sub-hub for Latin-American and European transport services”

St. Maarten – In the presence of Minister of Economic Affairs Ted Richardson, and managers and board members of sponsors Smitcoms, the airport, the harbor and Gebe, the Chamber of Commerce presented yesterday a preview of the St. Maarten Investors’ Guide 20/20 at the University of St. Martin yesterday morning.

With the subtitle Home Is where I Prosper, the DVD shows in 6 minutes and 41 seconds an overview of what the country has to offer to investors and in which direction it is heading. The DVD the Chamber’s Executive director claret Connor and president Tamara Leonard presented is a teaser: a complete investors’ guide is still in the works and will be completed by the summer of next year. “This DVD is not for entertainment at home but for global consumption,” Connor said.

Tamara Leonard said that the DVD is produced “for 99.9 percent” in St. Maarten. Smitcoms, the airport, the harbor, Gebe, and Economic Affairs sponsor the development of the guide.

“When you work together you are able to achieve a lot,” Minister Ted Richardson (Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and telecommunication) said. “This is a beginning. This project has to trigger interest abroad. It shows that St. Maarten is a great country to do business with.”

As things go with promotional videos, the teaser DVD makes quite some claims to put the country on the world map. In five banners the video shows literally black on white that St. Maarten is a country “that takes pride in its countless business and trading opportunities,” a country that is “one of the leading destinations in the world” and a country that has “produced successful entrepreneurs.” Furthermore, investors will learn that St. Maarten is “a country where adolescents and young adults obtain a good education,” and where “residents can obtain an excellent career and enjoy a wonderful tropical lifestyle.”

Here are two other claims: the island (north and south combined) has 77,000 inhabitants, and the dollar is “the country’s universal medium of currency exchange, along with tourism.”

More interesting is the direction the country is heading with its economic development. “With the expansion of the Panama canal in 2014,” the voice over booms, “St. Maarten is seeking to expand its port operations – air and sea – in order to provide sub-hub transportation services between Latin-America and Europe.”

Other ambitions are to attract boat yard, maintenance and repair activities as well as other service providers “to lengthen the stay of the many yacht-operators.”

St. Maarten is now also taking an interest in “attracting small renewable energy manufacturers, and small and medium-sized marketing, advertising and promotional companies.” In this context, the voice over on the DVD muses, sales calls can be made locally “to promote and distribute
European and Latin-American products and services from St. Maarten to the rest of the Caribbean and beyond.”

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