Local Companies Forge Links with the Diaspora
While the various discussions took pride of place at the Sixth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, firms offering goods and services took the opportunity to interact with potential investors, clients and partners at the Diaspora Marketplace.
Although dominated by government entities, several operators in the private sector were pleased with the response.
"It has been a tremendous success. We participated as an experiment to see the reaction to our products, but have been blown away by the interest shown in the offerings." said Ethnie Miller Simpson, president of the Jamaica chapter of Women Entrepreneur Network of the Caribbean.
"In fact, three distributors have held preliminary discussion to sell products for three of our members, and in one case, a member of the network had to sell all that she took for the exhibition."
For Omar Stephenson, field account executive at DHL, the objective of their participation was met. He said, "The conference has gone well for us. We have an established relationship with the members of the diaspora because DHL has been sole provider for more than 20 years and that partnership makes reaching out to the diaspora here at the conference much easier."