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Ashley Anguin's Photo/Contributed Hahagony Dancers performing at the at the launch of the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association's (JMA) Jamaica International Exhibition.
Ashley Anguin's Photo/Contributed From left: The Jamaica Tourist Board's Janice Allen, WrightLife's Pat Wright and SweetCooke's Kathi Cooke.
Ashley Anguin's Photo/Contributed Caribbean Airlines' Petra Harris (Left) and VIP Attraction's Tameka Bryce exchange notes.
Ashley Anguin's Photo/Contributed St James Parish Councillor, Mark McGann, in a jovial mood with the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association's (JMA), executive director, Imega McNab.
Ashley Anguin's Photo/Contributed Digicel's Joy Clarke (left) and her niece Jody-Marie Hussey of Corporate U, at the launch of the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association's (JMA) Jamaica International Exhibition at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Wednesday.
Ashley Anguin's Photo/Contributed President of the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association, Metry Seaga (left), in conversation with Senator Don Wehby, chairman of JAMPRO.
Ashley Anguin's Photo/Contributed NehKrip's Rajesh Kripalani (left) and Blue Diamond's Lachu Ramchandani greets each other.
Ashley Anguin's Photo Rainforest Seafood's Brian Jardim (left) and Immediate Past President of the JMA, Brian Pengelley converses at the launch of Jamaica International Exhibition.
Ashley Anguin's Photo/Contributed Robert Scott, vice president of JAMPRO (left) chats with Rainforest Seafood's Max Jardim.
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The Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA), on Wednesday, launched the inaugural Jamaica International Exhibition (JIE) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James.

Officially launched by Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda, and endorsed by JAMPRO chairman Senator Don Wehby, the JIE will run from June 1-4 at the same venue.

There, more than 600 buyers and suppliers from the Caribbean, North and South America, Canada, China, and Europe will converge, offering business opportunities to stakeholders.

"The JIE is a new and exciting venture which will offer businesses an opportunity to interact and rub shoulders with some of the largest and most important traders worldwide, up close and personal. It is aimed at discovering new markets and exploring untapped potential," Metry Seaga, president of the JMA, disclosed.

"We are moving outside our comfort zone and looking at broadening our horizon. The JIE, we feel, will fill a void that currently exists to bring businesses from around the world into Jamaica to sell their wares ... to see what opportunities exist in Jamaica."

The JMA president said his organisation would be working closely with JAMPRO and the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries to ensure that Jamaica has a successful show.

The JMA, he added, would be playing the role of host, "ensuring that this first-class expo will have the desired effect", putting the sector on the world stage and giving it a major shot in the arm.

"We are one of the perennial engines of growth and a major employer of persons," he added. "We are happy to be doing this at a time when Brand Jamaica needs this kind of visibility to take it on a path of economic growth and prosperity."