The Grenada Chamber of Industry & Commerce held its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 30 April, 2013 with an impressive turnout from the business community. Returning President Mrs. Aine Brathwaite thanked the Board and the Secretariat for their support, applauding the members and wider business community for remaining resilient despite all the pressures surrounding them during 2012 and stressed how critical it was for the social protocol to create forward positive momentum on all developmental issues.
In conclusion she said “the world is changing and changing rapidly. We no longer have that luxury to sit back and wait eons for things to happen. We have to make things happen. We need to avail ourselves of the opportunities available to us improving the efficiencies of our businesses and of our staff. We need to work with the different sectors in our society to build a Grenada in which we can all be secure and comfortable. In all things, the word is partnership. No one can go it alone. We need to look outside the box and not put limitations on our economic future or ourselves”.
The GCIC Members had the pleasure of hearing from three knowledgeable individuals in their respective fields.
Hon. Oliver Joseph, Minister of Development, Trade, Planning and Cooperatives addressed the GCIC members articulating the need for both the Government and Private Sector to seriously engage with each other to reduce the Trade deficit and provide sustainability through economic development.
Mr. Lincoln Price – Private Sector Liaison Representative, from the Office of Trade Negotiations provided the meeting with updates on trade negotiations and opportunities as it specifically relates to the Grenadian Private Sector in the CARICOM/Canada and CARIFORUM/EPA negotiations.
Mr. Bru Pearce, Managing Director, Envisonation, who presented thought provoking ideas for investment in Grenada that would encourage economic sustainability.
The elected board members for the year 2012/13 are as follows:
Mrs. Aine Brathwaite
1st Vice President
Mr. Ruel Edwards
2nd Vice President
Mr. Clive Hosten
Mr. George Bain
Mr. Elton Charles
Mr. Glynn Thomas
Mrs. Julie Quinn
Ms. Lorraine Mitchell
Mr. James Pitt
The evening’s event was chaired by Executive Director Mrs. Hazelann Bell-Hutchinson who thanked the outgoing Directors, Mr. Keith Johnson, Mr. Meryvn Lord, Mr. Wayne James, Mr. Simon Stiell and Mr. Nicholas George for their support and commitment to the Chamber.