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More than 300 local producers of authentic Jamaican products will display their wares at three craft fairs being staged by the Jamaica Business Development Centre (JBDC), as part of activities for ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC).
The craft fairs will be held at locations in Kingston between March 12 and April 29 beginning at the ‘One Love Jamaica Village’ in the National Housing Trust Car Park, New Kingston from March 12 to 24 and at Devon House, March 15 to 20 and Palisadoes Bay, Harbour View from March 22 to April 29.
In her remarks at the opening ceremony yesterday (March 12) at the One Love Jamaica Village, Chairman of the JBDC, Doreen Frankson, noted that “these fairs will provide a platform for exhibitors of indigenous products and services to showcase their wares.”
“Authentic Jamaican products ranging from ceramic items, woodwork and carving products, soft household furnishing, clothing and accessories as well as mouth-watering cuisines will be on display,” the Chairman outlined.
Meanwhile, she informed that since 2004, the JBDC has been engaged in a series of sensitization sessions and product development workshops geared at making its client group aware of the economic benefits arising from Jamaica’s hosting of the ICC Cricket World Cup.
The workshops dubbed ‘Bowling for Business’, examined business development issues including: intellectual property rights, packaging and branding. More than 1,000 entrepreneurs benefited from the series of workshops.
She noted that the product development workshop in particular “provided guidance to its group of clients to ensure that their products are of the highest quality and fits international standards”.
The JBDC is an agency of the Ministry of Industry, Technology, Energy and Commerce (MITEC) and is mandated to provide support to micro and medium-sized businesses in Jamaica.