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JIE delegates feted in the second city

Published:Friday | June 9, 2017 | 6:00 AMJanet Silvera
Host T’Shura Gibbs, president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, flanked by Red Marketing’s Richard Devertevil (left) and Rishi Persad.
Host Carlene Paula Arscott (left) and Canadian Floria Aghdamimehr of B-Connected in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Arscott's home in Montego Freeport.
From left: Sonia Sykes, marketing manager, Jamaica Property Company; Steven Sykes, director of operations, Continental Baking Company; and Marie Gill, president, Jamaica USA Chamber of Commerce, at the JIE Dine-Around hosted by T’Shura Gibbs.
Host Rajesh Kripalani (left) chats with Metry Seaga president of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association and his wife Nadine Burrowes-Seaga at the JIE Dine-Around last Friday night.
Sun Island’s Sheraine Pottinger (left) and Rishka Budram at a Dine-Around hosted by Carlene Paula Arscott at Montego Freeport.
From left:Berletta Henlon-Foster of JAMPRO, poses with JIE Dine-Around host Roshan Ramchandani and Christine Seivwright from the Ministry of Education.
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WESTERN BUREAU:

President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, T'Shura Gibbs; businesswoman, Carlene Paula Arscott; Rosh Marketing's Roshan Ramchandani; and Deja Vu's Rajesh Kripalani opened up their homes last week to wine and dine Jamaica International Exhibition (JIE) delegates.

The four hosted JIE Dine-Around receptions for approximately 60 local and international delegates at their homes in Ironshore, Rose Hall, Mango Walk and Montego Freeport last Friday night, while exposing visitors to the popular 'Meet the People' concept made famous by the Jamaica Tourist Board.

Serving up Jamaican, Thai-infused and Indian fare, like true ambassadors, the four showed commendable hospitality to their guests, giving those who had never been inside the home of a local the opportunity of a lifetime.

Gibbs, an executive at the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited, hosted her event poolside. Kripalani took his visitors to a new courtyard he had just refurbished. Ramchandani got help from his friends at Mystic Thai, and Arscott pulled for her caterers at the popular The Pelican Restaurant.

Friday was day two of three days of Business2Business meetings and consumer trading staged by the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association.

The first-time event attracted some 120 booths and 100 buyers.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com