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EU mounts five-country pavilion
The Delegation of the European Union to T&T (EU) and the five European missions present in T&T will, for the first time, mount a European pavilion at the 2011 Trade and Investment Convention (TIC). The EU pavilion will be a one-stop-shop for those interested in doing business with EU member states, including France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.
The pavilion will showcase European companies with a presence in the Caribbean and will offer information about the European Trade Agreement (EPA) trade agreement and other key information on doing business in Europe. Representatives of each of the five missions will be on hand to answer visitors’ questions.
The Spanish presence at TIC will include representation from the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX) and FMRE-the Association of Leading Brands of Spain. ICEX is a public entity that assists Spanish businesses in each phase of internationalisation. It offers Spanish companies and potential foreign partners, information, advice, plans and financial facilities for sectorial trade promotion, support for export and foreign investment projects and more.
The Association of Leading Brands of Spain (FMRE ) is a public-private initiative encompassing six sector-based clusters (gastronomy, food and beverage; fashion and habitat; telecommunications; sports and leisure; technology, innovation and infrastructures; business and professional services; other). It assists outstanding Spanish brands with a solid and robust international presence.
The British High Commission will host members of the Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce at TIC. The delegation will comprise members of various Chambers of Commerce from the UK’s West Midlands region. Company representatives will offer UK expertise in: training and consultancy; restaurant franchise operations; beauty and wellness; accountancy; care homes; education; welfare and leisure services; and legal services.
France’s industrial knowhow will be represented at TIC 2011 by several leading companies including: ATR (Avions de Transport Régional), the leader in the 50-70-seat regional turboprop market; GDF SUEZ, which engaged in gas exploration and production, power generation, energy infrastructure activities and water and waste management, and holds a 10 per cent shareholding interest in Atlantic Train 1; Servisair T&T Ltd, which supplies all airline ground handling services at Piarco International; and Total, the French oil giant involved in upstream development of the Greater Angostura field and more.
The Netherlands is a key hub for distribution and partners with investors in infrastructural development, planning, agriculture, water etc. It is the world’s second largest exporter of agri-products with horticulture as its largest product. The Netherlands has a long history of water management and a high degree of expertise that is accessible worldwide.
Germany’s location at the heart of Europe gives foreign investors access to the entire European Union market. Germany is a preferred global business location. Companies, large and small, are successful in T&T as a result of a favourable business climate. The German booth will feature information on German trade and invest, the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany, which promotes Germany as a business and technology location and advises international companies setting up business in Germany.
The EU pavilion will be a one-stop-shop for those interested in doing business with EU member states, including France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.
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