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Environment Minister Wayne Adams and executives from Nova Scotia
environmental companies have returned from a 10-day trade mission
to four Caribbean countries.

The delegation travelled to Barbados, St. Lucia, Trinidad and
Tobago and St. Kitts to rekindle the traditional close trading
relationship between Nova Scotia and the region.

"The mission went very, very well with strong indications of many
opportunities for both Nova Scotia and Caribbean companies," said
the minister.

"We went there to promote and build long-term partnerships
between the businesses and governments of Nova Scotia and the
Caribbean.  I think we have succeeded in reinvigorating a trade
link that existed for over 200 years.  This spirit of partnership
for economic development, specifically relating to environmental
technology was strongly endorsed by government and business
leaders in each country we visited," Mr. Adams said.

The minister signed two memorandums of understanding with the
governments of St. Lucia and St. Kitts and Nevis, which outlines
arrangements for the sharing of technology. Trinidad and Tobago
Prime Minister Basdeo Panday will be in Halifax in October to
sign a similar agreement with Premier Savage. 

Stinnes Enerco Ltd., a world leader in the development of
in-vessel composting systems developed in Nova Scotia, is
actively pursuing joint ventures for several composting plants in
St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados.  The Centre of
Water Resource Studies at the Technical University of Nova Scotia
will be exploring technology transfer projects in wastewater and
coastal zone management.  The Champlain Institute's  expertise in
geographic information systems is in the running for several
geomatics projects on Trinidad and Tobago and St. Kitts and

 Accompanying Mr. Adams on the trade mission were Gerald Tibbo,
president of Stinnes Enerco Incorporated; Pablo Rodriguez,
managing director of Secunda Global Marine; Ross Stinson, a
lawyer specializing in international law and business; Simeon
Roberts of the Champlain Institute, specializing in geographic
information systems; and, Dr. Don Waller, director of the Centre
for Water Resource Studies at the Technical University of Nova
Scotia.  All of the private sector participants paid their own

Members of the delegation believe they have established a
significant commercial beachhead as a result of the trade

Simeon Roberts said the Champlain Institute sees itself in the
forefront of transforming mapping methods in the Caribbean from
old manual traditions to computer designed geomatics.

Mr. Tibbo said that for  those Nova Scotia companies which
accompanied the minister, the trade mission was an opportunity of
significant economic potential.

During the mission Secunda Marine of Dartmouth re-established a
shipping branch of its company in Barbados.

Mr. Adams said the Caribbean is anxious to do follow up business
with Nova Scotia. " They welcome the re-opening of trade links,
and we are committed to reciprocal missions to ensure profitable
partnerships  benefit the environments and economies of both


Contact: Mauritz Erhard 902-424-5205

mfm       Aug.22, 1996          11:10 a.m.