Issue at Hand
Article 164
Concern
  • This Article seeks to ensure that the LDCs of CARICOM continue to have a viable manufacturing sector and some specific products were identified for support as part of the single market and economy.
  • A Consultancy was commissioned to develop a program of support for Article 164 products.
  • The Consultancy is near completion and a review of this work is ongoing.
  • Chamber’s concern is that the study is not comprehensive and the recommendation will not be sufficient or aimed at real transformation and addressing the structural issues confronting the products and industries.
  • Primarily the results will propose only short to medium term measures and have a predetermined sunset period.
Chamber Action

Continues to await the results of the monitoring of the impact of the quasi- implementation of the measures on prices of the products.

Calls for a broader review of the need for special and differential treatment for the Industrial development of the LDCs’ in keeping with the original intention of the Revised Treaty of Chagaramus

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Frequently asked questions
Where is the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce located?

The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture is located at Orange Park Commercial Building, 1st Floor, Bois D’Orange, Gros Islet.

Is the chamber of commerce part of the government?

While most chambers work closely with government, they are not part of government  

What are the benefits of being in the chamber of commerce?

Advocating on behalf of members with the public sector. Increased visibility and credibility. Business training and education information sharing and networking.

What is the main purpose of the chamber of commerce?

A chamber of commerce is an organization of business owners and entrepreneurs who promote the interests of their local business community. Chambers of commerce provide access to valuable resources, discounts, and relationships that help businesses save money and market their products.

What powers does the chamber of commerce have?

Chambers of Commerce will act to promote public policies that are in the best interest of business, in general. Specific Chambers of Commerce may also attempt to promote policies that serve specific industries or geographic locations.