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The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture has met with Department of Commerce Officials, to discuss issues related to the Paint Industry in Saint Lucia regarding what is described as a disturbing practice in the paint industry by a new entrant.

According to a statement from the Chamber, the license granted to USA owned and operated business, Sherwin Williams to operate here has expired and has not been renewed for the past year, because the firm has been operating outside of the terms of the license.

The Chamber states that the company had initially been granted approval to operate in St. Lucia, contrary to the advice of the Trade License Advisory Board the license has expired and has not been renewed for the past year.

The Chamber also expressed disbelief that currently the firm operates without a valid trade license, due in part to its being in breach and contravention of the terms of the original license.

The Chamber has asked that the Government take the requisite steps to ensure that Sherwin Williams complies with the terms of its license, as it would be most unfortunate if a foreign owned business has gained physical market entry, not followed the terms of its license, displaced original distributors of its products, and is now causing commercial harm to other players.

The Chamber and its affected members are concerned that there is scant attention being paid to the interest of local and existing businesses and Government is acting against its own policy to the detriment of these established businesses.

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