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Trade Exhibition Gets Mass Appeal

Image: It was all about hair at this booth. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]

THE tenth annual Saint Lucia/Taiwan Partnership Trade Exhibition has been receiving some positive feedback from both patrons and participants.

Image: A Taiwanese booth offering a wide range of novelty items. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]
A Taiwanese booth offering a wide range of novelty items. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]

Held at Johnsons Centre from Friday to Sunday last, the trade exhibition featured goods and services offered by nearly 70 Saint Lucian and Taiwanese companies. Customers had a wide range to choose from and came face to face with some of the best businesses that exist in both countries.

At its core, the event, which is organized by the Ministry of Commerce and the Taiwanese Embassy, seeks to foster better business partnerships between businesses from both countries while providing a platform where the public can see how enterprising – especially new – businesses are.

Image: How about a latanyé broom and some latanyé wine for Christmas? [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]
How about a latanyé broom and some latanyé wine for Christmas? [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]

Hundreds of patrons filed through the aisles of eye-catching booths to purchase and sample the many products on show. Many of the participants have been long-time vendors at the event. However, this year brought some young and dynamic businesses to the fore, who all said they were encouraged by the opportunity to be part of the exercise.

Aside from the business side of things, there were also cultural performances that incorporated elements of Saint Lucia and Taiwan, including dances, fashion show and karaoke competition.

Image: It was all about hair at this booth. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]
It was all about hair at this booth. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]

Look out for an in-depth report on this year’s exhibition in the weekend edition of The VOICE.

Stan Bishop began his career in journalism in March 2008 writing freelance for The VOICE newspaper for six weeks before being hired as a part-time journalist there when one of the company’s journalists was overseas on assignment.

Although he was initially told that the job would last only two weeks, he was able to demonstrate such high quality work that the company offered him a permanent job before that fortnight was over. Read full bio…

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