Mission Statement

To promote sustainable economic development by engineering and regulating a vibrant co-operative sector in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Vision Statement

To advance the socio-economic well being of Vincentians by promoting the philosophies of co-operativism.


  • To facilitate the development of viable Co-operative and small Business Enterprises.

  • To provide Management Services to Co-operatives, small Businesses and Public Sector Institutions at a reasonable price.

  • To provide the necessary advocacy and lobbying strategy to achieve stated mission.


  • To improve the capability of Small Business and Co-operatives so that they influence national development through job creation, increased productivity, foreign exchange earnings through import substitution.

  • To access and harness specialized human resources from International, Regional Agencies and various social partners to assist with product development, management training and financial assistance.

  • To ensure that relevant legislation is formulated and enacted to reflect the new realities in terms of dire need for Small Business Development financing.

  • To attempt to create a workable environment that will be necessary in linking the various local social partners in the diversification process.

Contact Information

Permanent Secretary
Ms. Catherine Defreitas 
Tel :(784) 450-0395
PBX :(784) 456-1111
Ext : 395/396
Fax :(784) 457-2476 
E-mail: office.socialdevelopment@mail.gov.vc


The Ministry of National Mobilisation, Social Development, Local Government, Gender Affairs, Family Affairs, Housing and Informal Settlement

Halifax Street Kingstown St. Vincent

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:15 pm
Saturday - Sunday