Berbice – a great opportunity for local businesses

– residents anticipate the annual expo as it is seen as a family family-oriented event

DPI, Guyana, Monday, October 8, 2018

Hundreds of Berbice residents over the weekend flocked to the Albion Sports Complex for the fourteenth annual Berbice Expo and Trade Fair 2018. This year, the expo saw more than one hundred exhibits most of which were local businesses.

This year, the expo was held under the theme “Advancing Economic Progress through Professional Standards and Entrepreneurship.”

Regional Chairman of Region Six, David Armogan told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that the expo provides “a great opportunity” for not only business owners to display their products and expand their reach, but for Guyanese to become familiar with the goods and services produced locally.

The Regional Chairman remarked that “private sector developments encompass value added production, agro-processing and manufacturing,” noting that these contribute greatly to the development of the region.

Armogan commended the Central Corentyne Chamber of Commerce for their efforts in organizing the expo.

Businesses across Berbice and some from other parts of the coast displayed their goods and services at the expo over the last four days. Speaking to the DPI, many expressed hope of expanding their customer reach, build connections/relationships with distributors.

In addition to it being a hub for businesses to showcase their products, many Berbice residents look forward to the annual expo as as a family-oriented event.

Patrons were treated to live stage performances such as cultural dances and poetry as well as musical renditions. Carnival style booths were set up which saw many patrons competing in games to win prizes.

Ramona Smartt, a resident, is a regular patron to the annual activities. She described this year as “bigger and better”.

Another patron, Brenda, told DPI she enjoyed the expo especially the giveaways noting that her favourite booth was the Beharry Group of Companies.

Arratta LaRose, who also attended the expo, was accompanied by her family. She encouraged other people to visit the expo.

The Berbice Expo and Trade Fair was declared opened on Friday, October 5, 2018 and continued into the weekend. It was estimated to have attracted almost 3,000 persons.

By. Anara Khan.
Images: Keno George.

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