The overseas chambers of commerce and industry plead for maintaining the state’s emergency mechanisms and ask that the recovery plan to respond to the economic crisis caused by Covid-19 make it possible to “revive and transform the overseas economies”.
The Association which brings together the overseas CCIs (ACCIOM) published a white paper on Friday for the government which plans to “turn the crisis into an opportunity” by focusing on five vital sectors: tourism, trade, Construction, transport and industry.
Maintenance of partial activity and deferral of charges
For the overseas economic world to emerge from the crisis, “we need a certain stability” because “we do not want this to turn into a social crisis in addition to the economic crisis”, declared Carine Sinaï-Bossou, president of the ACCIOM, to ..
The association therefore requests the maintenance of the emergency measures put in place by the State, such as partial activity and the deferral of charges, some of which were to end at the end of 2020 or be revised downwards.
All the more so as in territories which combine “structural problems and frequent social crises, the banks are more reluctant to apply loans guaranteed by the State”, explains Mrs. Sinaï-Bossou, also president of the CCI of Guyana.
A “regional integration”
In the longer term, the CCIs have worked on the strengths of their territories and the obstacles to development to make the best use of the plan provided by the government to “revive and transform the overseas economies”.
Each details its own priorities, which have in common the incentive for local production (food or industrial), the revival of public procurement accompanied by a relaxation of the fiscal and regulatory framework, and facilitating the movement of people and goods. by ship or by plane.
“We cannot just be a market for the countries of Europe, we need industrial development”, which implies materials and packaging, she explains, deploring the cost of delivery since Europe “exorbitant”.
Some materials could come from neighboring countries “but we have no air connection with Suriname or Brazil”, and “it must go through Le Havre”, explains Ms. Sinaï-Bossou, pleading for “regional integration”.