5,000 jobs created by Expo Jamaica 2016
Expo Jamaica show manager Alvin Campbell has revealed that by the end of this year's 43rd staging, approximately 5,000 persons would have received employment through the event.
Roughly 300 persons have been employed to work on the labour-intensive aspects of the preparations.
Overall, the fields of the employment are vast and include a slew of technical and creative people, bloggers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, decorators and other professionals from across other skill areas.
"Quite a few people are employed at the end of the day on this whole process. There is the secretariat and the secretariat includes persons from three main sources, the Jamaica Manufacturers Association, the Jamaica Exporters' Association, who are the two headliners of the show, and JAMPRO," Campbell told The Gleaner.
"There are technical and creative people who are employed by the expo directly to produce things like advertising blogs, all kinds of PR stuff, all of this work has been going on for months literally."
He added: "The expo has been the main source behind getting the Government to get the funding together to do a lot of reconstruction and rehabilitation work on the National Arena. As a result, painters, electricians, air conditioning people, roofing people, ceiling people, tiling people, bathroom workers, all of these people have received employment on getting the arena back into a condition where it is good for the public."
This year's staging is scheduled to run for three days, starting tomorrow, and will be held inside the National Indoor Sports Centre and the National Arena. Patrons will have to enter the expo from the National Indoor Sports Centre and will eventually move over to the National Arena through a specially designed tunnel.
"What we are doing this year is two arenas, one expo. How it will work is that you don't enter from the normal entrance, which is the National Arena entrance. Everybody will enter from the National Indoor Sports Centre," Campbell said.
The expo will not be opened to the general public until 5 o'clock Friday evening.
On Thursday and Friday morning, the expo will open its doors to regional and international buyers for them to make purchases and speak with manufacturers and service providers.
Activities end on Sunday evening.
The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Agriculture, Caribbean Broilers, The Gleaner, Radio Jamaica and Jamaica Yellow Pages are among the sponsors.