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Local Products On Show

ABOUT two dozen Saint Lucian businesses had their goods and services showcased at the Saint Lucia-Taiwan Partnership Trade Exhibition held over the weekend.

This vendor's latanier wine and mauby display went down well with patrons.
This vendor’s latanier wine and mauby display went down well with patrons.

Now in its seventh year, the exhibition’s principal aim is to highlight some of the goods and services offered in both countries as a means of attracting market visibility that can lead to sales.

The exhibition was held from Friday to Sunday on the fifth floor of the Baywalk Shopping Mall where hundreds of patrons got a first-hand look at how especially local small businesses are seizing upon available opportunities.

Many of the exhibitors expressed gratitude for being given the opportunity whereby they can network with potential customers and other companies. Also, many indicated that the event was the single-most avenue where they got to do so.

As part of its commitment to the exhibition, the Taiwanese Embassy circulated a questionnaire to exhibitors to – including other components – find out from them what level of assistance they need to acquire, such as raw materials and technical expertise.

Organizers say that while the number of exhibitors was small this year, plans are being made to generate greater interest in next year’s trade exhibition so as to attract more participants.

The VOICE captured some scenes from the three-day trade exhibition.

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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