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NDFD Hosts third annual Creole in the Streets

NDFD Hosts third annual Creole in the Streets

The third annual Creole in the Streets was held on Thursday, October 20, 2016, on Great Marlborough Street under the theme ‘Feeling the pulse of the MSME sector, as it beats its way towards development.’

Chairman of the National Development Foundation of Dominica Ltd., Oliver Henderson said that this activity is an effort to generate economic activity, and to showcase the products and services of small businesses on the island for export as well as consumption.

Minister for Commerce, Enterprise and Small Businesses Development, Roselyn Paul said that she is heartened to see so many participants at the event.

“I think the theme is very timely, because we will all agree that we are increasingly feeling a stronger pulse in terms of MSME [medium, small, micro enterprises] in Dominica today. I am heartened as well to see the number of participants, the small business owners here today, and I take the opportunity to congratulate you and encourage you,” she stated.

Paul reiterated her ministry’s commitment to working with the MSMEs in Dominica, and partners, to build and expand the enterprise.

“We have been vigorously spreading the culture of entrepreneurship across the island, and across sectors. For one, we provide financial and technical support, particularly to those who would have been unable to take the risk, or who do not have the ability to obtain the necessary resources otherwise,” Paul noted.

She further noted that the ministry has been implementing rural based enterprise centers that “seek to incubate businesses, that seek to cluster businesses, and a number of groups and individuals across, communities are already benefitting form that enterprise”.

Paul stated that the ministry is also pursuing implementing partnerships with the OAS, so that they can provide help, counselling, and a support system for local manufactures.

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