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Buyers descend on MoBay for inaugural international exhibition

Published:Friday | June 2, 2017 | 12:00 AM
A patron at the expo tests a perfume on the arm of an exhibitor
An exhibitor provides information to a buyer at the exhibition
JMA president Metry Seaga stands beside Prime Minister Andrew Holness as he cuts the ribbon to open the Jamaica International Exhibition in Montego Bay

Dozens of buyers and suppliers have gathered in the western city of Montego Bay, St James for the inaugural Jamaica International Exhibition at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

More than 170 buyers and suppliers from some eleven countries in North America, Europe and the Caribbean region have been visiting the 120 booths set up at the centre.

The exhibitors are drawn from the fields of tourism, agriculture, manufacturing,  business process outsourcing, fashion and designs, construction, and agriculture.

The three-day event, organised by the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA), culminates on Saturday.

"Jamaica is a great place to conduct business, it’s a great place to make investments, and it is a great place to form strategic partnerships and alliances," said JMA president, Metry Seaga.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has challenged local operators to seek new frontiers, especially in Latin America.    

"Our market is just not at the point that our businesses can grow exclusively from our market," said Holness.

"We need to expand, so I endorse this, I am here because I want to see our business people step outside of Jamaica."