Senator Calls for Renewed Efforts in Marketing Sea Island Cotton

 

The regional private sector should renew its focus towards the growing and marketing of West Indian Sea-Island Cotton. This suggestion came from Senator, the Honourable Darcy Boyce, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Energy, Immigration, Telecommunications and Investment. The Minister said that at times he thinks about “what might possibly happen if we could get the same sort of effort in marketing West Indian high fashion garments made of Sea-Island Cotton”, and he added that the time had come to focus some energy and thought on how the region could use the talents of local and European designers to develop, produce and sell high value high quality Sea-Island Cotton garments throughout the world. Senator Darcy Boyce was addressing the launch of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) for the Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP) at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, in Barbados. Under this programme the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) received 28.3 million Euros from the European Union (EU) to help develop the private sector in CARIFORUM countries. He said the world economy was beginning to show signs of growth and regional economies were beginning to see a little light after the last three years of substantial stress therefore the RPSDP had come at a very opportune moment. “At this time therefore it is very important for us all to move quickly to seize what opportunities may arise in the rest of the world in order to once again push our exports.”

 

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