Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) Sonja Trotman has hinted that the Export Readiness Programme will be expanded to ensure that it remains relevant to the needs of prospective exporters.
She made the announcement on Tuesday while addressing an Export Readiness Programme graduation ceremony at the Bagnall’s Point Gallery, St. Michael.
She told the audience that it was the Corporation’s intention to review and expand the programme to ensure that it was always relevant.
Mrs. Trotman added: “Our whole aim for doing this programme is to increase our imports. We’re hoping that out of this Export Readiness Programme, we can build strong companies which add value to the economy.”
Underscoring the importance of the programme in increasing the exports of local companies, the BIDC CEO explained that the Corporation followed-up with past graduates of the programme and was proud to report that a few persons had signed contracts or were negotiating contracts.
Mrs. Trotman explained that each participant or company that becomes a part of the programme is trained to be better able to manage and run their companies. As a result, they were more focused and organized and better able to take on the challenge of exporting their products or services.
“…Exporting should not be by accident. It is not an accidental occurrence; we should plan and train for export. So, that is the whole idea behind our Export Readiness Programme,” she said.