Business owners will get an opportunity to hear how the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) will facilitate their export potential into the European Union when the EPA Implementation Unit hosts a two-day workshop.

The workshops, themed: Converting EU Market Access into Tangible Benefits, will be held on Wednesday, November 6 and Thursday, November 7, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael, starting at 9:00 a.m. each day.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, will deliver the feature address during the official opening ceremony. There will also be remarks from Ambassador of Germany to Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, the OECS, Guyana and Suriname, Stefan Schluter, and Head of the European Union Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Mikael Barfod.

During the sessions, participants will hear presentations from a number of resource persons including Consultant in the EPA Implementation Unit, Errol Humphrey, who will speak on the topic: EPA-Related Benefits for the Bold, the Creative, the Innovative, the Proactive, at 9:40 a.m.

Executive Director of the Barbados Coalition of Service Industries, Lisa Cummins, will discuss Challenges Faced by Small Services Suppliers Entering the EU Market: What Are Some of the Solutions at 3:15 p.m., and a talk on EPA-Related Resources available under Caribbean Export???s Private Sector Development Programme, will be delivered by Senior Grant Advisor with the Caribbean Export Development Agency, Kirk Brown, at 11:45 a.m.

The following day, Thursday, November 7, there will be a workshop entitled: Design Caribbean and Other Services Export Initiatives Targeted at the EU Market by Public Relations and Communications Officer at the Caribbean Export and Development Agency, Joellen Laryea, commencing at 11:15 a.m.; while Chief Executive Officer of the Copyright Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Erica Smith, will present on the topic: An Avenue into the EU Entertainment Market ??? Music Festivals, Regional Music Export Office etc. starting at 9:30 a.m.

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