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The Grand Bank Development Corporation (GBDC) is about to host businesses from the French islands of St-Pierre-Miquelon.


In partnership with Chambre d’Agriculture, de Commerce, d’Industrie, de Métiers et de l’Artisant (CACIMA) – St-Pierre-Miquelon’s chamber of commerce – the GBDC is holding the Newfoundland-St-Pierre Et Miquelon Business to Business event.

The aim is to stimulate business activity between the province and St-Pierre-Miquelon, GBDC economic development officer Conrad Collier said.

It will bring business owners from the French islands together with owners of similar or complimentary businesses from the Burin and Avalon peninsulas.

“You wouldn’t have a bake shop talk to a construction business,” said Collier.

This is the first such event, but Collier expects benefits for all involved.

“It could result in people here selling products from St-Pierre and Miquelon and vice versa,” he said.

“This is essentially the very preliminary stages of developing a more long-term relationship between businesses here and St-Pierre-Miquelon.”

The Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development, as well as the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) contributed to the upcoming event.

Collier told The Southern Gazette it has been in the planning stages for two years.

“It takes time, especially when you are dealing internationally,” he said.

The event will include information sessions on doing business in the two jurisdictions.

The first of two meetings will take place in Marystown May 3-4. Participating members of the business community from St-Pierre-Miquelon will travel to St. John’s to meet with business owners from the Avalon May 5-6.

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