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2018 Expo Jamaica takes high-tech focus with Digicel

Published:Wednesday | March 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Expo Jamaica will celebrate its 46th staging, with strong focus on 'smart' technology that brings businesses and consumers together in the digital space.

In partnership with new title sponsor Digicel, and its business technology arm, Digicel Business, the biennial event will showcase the most advanced digital technology from a family of products and services that is changing the way goods and services are made and sold locally or for export.

"We're at the heart of connecting consumers with an amazing communications and entertainment experience. We're also at the heart of connecting business with the consumers they want to reach," said Justin Morin, CEO of Digicel Jamaica, while addressing the launch of Expo 2018 at the Digicel Group headquarters in downtown Kingston earlier this month.

"Using the power of our network, we will show everyone at Expo 2018 how listening to consumers and business customers is enabling us to come up with the right digital technology that transforms the way they buy and sell Jamaican," he stated.

In keeping with this year's theme, 'Advancing Breakthroughs', the show will coordinate with Digicel to offer everyone free access to download and use the new Expo 2018 app via complimentary, superfast Wi-Fi in all areas.

Patrons and buyers will get to see how advanced internet technology is powering the progress of small manufacturers of nutraceuticals, essential oils, beauty and cosmetic supplies, aromatherapy, and spa products. These innovators will be part of the JEMS (Jamaica Emerging Manufacturers and Services) village - a dedicated location on the showroom floor that will highlight these emerging micro and small businesses that make products from Jamaica's purest and finest natural assets.

The partnership is already under way with the Expo Jamaica media launch, which took place on Thursday, March 1, at Digicel headquarters in downtown Kingston. A mini-expo is scheduled for March 16 at the same location and will feature a few of the micro and small businesses that will be part of the JEMS Village at Expo 2018.


JMA ecstatic to be partnering with Digicel


"The Jamaica Manufacturers' Association is ecstatic to be partnering with Digicel to bring a new and innovative approach to an already amazing event. This partnership will bring forth a First-World approach to doing business and ensure profitability. We look forward with Digicel to what's new and exciting at Expo 20018," said president Metry Seaga.

"With innovation and technology, the speed to achieve change has accelerated and it's all too easy to be left behind. Taking this into consideration, we must remain nimble and on our toes, ready to embrace change in a brand-new way!" stated Michelle Chong, president of the Jamaica Exporters' Association.

The Caribbean's premier exhibition, Expo 2018 is scheduled to take place from April 19-22 at the National Arena and National Indoor Sports Centre. In keeping with its tech-focused theme, an online registration platform has been developed, allowing buyers and exhibitors to interact in the virtual space.

Read more about Expo Jamaica in Living in Friday's Gleaner.

- The 46th annual Expo Jamaica is poised to be the largest and most lucrative staging to date.

- Potential exhibitors can book their spaces with the JMA secretariat by calling 922-8880-3, 922-8869, or via email to

- To register as a buyer or to get more information about the buyer's programme, please visit the website at, or contact