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Agriculture, food and tourism spark early global interest in JMEA’s International Exhibition

Published:Monday | March 18, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Food and agro-processing, beverages, fresh produce and tourism lead in terms of interest expressed by more than 100 international buyer companies and individuals interested in participating in the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association’s (JMEA) Jamaica International Exhibition (JIE).

The companies and individuals, based in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and several Caribbean countries, are in talks with the country’s trade and promotions agency JAMPRO, which has been at the forefront of promoting the second biennial exhibition.

The show will be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from May 30 to June 1.

The JIE will feature a showcase of more than 100 booths displaying more than 2,000 quality Jamaican and international products and services, including innovations and new items. Thursday, May 30 and Saturday, June 1 will be designated as buyers’ days, where suppliers will be paired on a business to business basis.

The event, which is a global marketplace, provides the platform for strengthening of export and import opportunities with Jamaica’s trading partners worldwide.

Buyers are also showing significant interest in the areas of printing, packaging and labelling; cosmetics and pharmaceuticals construction; and business and other services. In addition, active interest has also been expressed in furniture and bedding, shipping, information, technology and communications and the creative industry, JAMPRO revealed during a JMEA meeting last Thursday.

“Jamaica has come to be regarded as the trade and business hub of the Caribbean, and the JMEA’s multisectoral trade show provides manufactures, exporters, buyers and distributors with opportunities to explore business prospects and transact commerce,” stated chairman of the organising committee Brian Pengelley.

At the first staging of the event in 2017, Jamaican and overseas entities that participated in the inaugural trade show benefited tremendously by signing contracts and making deals with their counterpart buyers and suppliers.

In 2017, more than 110 booths and 100 international and local buyers participated in the JIE, with 3,000 persons visiting the exhibition floor.