Trade mission between Netherlands and the Caribbean Region set for May 20 at Westin

POSTED: 05/13/14 2:11 PM

St. Maarten – Connecting sustainable business from the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Caribbean Region is the theme for the upcoming 18th trade mission which is expected to be held at the Westin Resort and Spa from May 20 to 22. Some 300 invitations have been sent out to the local business by the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry for them to attend.

This 18th trade mission includes a congress with more than 20 speakers with the main goal being to connect local businesses with Netherlands and the Caribbean part of the Kingdom with opportunities to engage in partnerships. This activity coincides with the 200 year anniversary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands which will be celebrated from May 19 to 25 on St. Maarten.

Participating in the Expo will be companies, employer’s organizations, financial sector such as banking and trust, industry associations, and government from the Netherlands. Other island participating from the Caribbean Region will be St. Vincent and Antigua.

The 18th trade mission is organized by InterExpo Caribbean N.V. which has been organizing trade missions, congresses, and events in the Caribbean, the Netherlands, Europe, Asia, and North and Latin America since 1996. Wind and solar energy, tourism, construction industry, on/offshore, health and safety, and water management are among the events organized by the management of Inter Expo.

The island utility company GEBE is a major sponsor for the event and has extended an invitation to population of St.  Maarten and particularly the business community to attend the congress where they will be able to make strategic alliance with the businesses that will be attending, said Managing Director of GEBE Maduro. “Let’s invest in that since you will get back on your investment,” he said.  Maduro sees this expo as a “golden opportunity” and allows St. Maarten to showcase itself as one of the best islands in the Kingdom, he said.

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