GRENADA CHAMBER OF INDUSTRY & COMMERCE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2017

Written by on September 29, 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; development of human capital; and maximize the potential of the region’s energy and natural resources.  He also noted the GCIC 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 Alien 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 local market. Mr. Edwards specified that going forward a key 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 production 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 Pres. Ezone Grenada Ltd.
Mr. Salim Rahaman 2nd Vice Pres. Spice Isle Retreaders Ltd.
Mrs. Naomi De Allie Treasurer Republic Bank (Grenada) Ltd.
Ms. Judy McCutcheon Director GoBlue Inc.
Ms. Camille Goddard Director Grenada Union of Teachers Co-operative Credit Union Ltd.
Mr. Osmond Henry Director Jonas Browne & Hubbard (G’da) Ltd.
Ms.  X. Cherebin-Forsyth Director National Water and Sewerage Authority
Mr. Garfield Hankey Director Hankey’s Computer Services Ltd.
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 gcic@grenadachamber.org.

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