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More than 60 manufacturers, buyers, distributors, retailers and promoters of Jamaican goods and services as well as local US companies will showcase their products at a two-day business expo, ‘Buy Jamaican, Brand We Love’, which opens on May 23, at the Signature Grand in Davie, South Florida.
Minister of Industry, Technology, Energy and Commerce, Phillip Pauwell is expected to launch the exhibition.
The expo is part of the annual anniversary activities of the Jamaica USA Chamber of Commerce (JAUSACC), Florida, launched in March 2003.
In an effort to bring more awareness to goods and services provided by Jamaicans both at home and in the Diaspora, this year the Chamber is partnering with the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA).
According to President of JAUSACC, Marie Gill, the Chamber was working with the JMA to seriously partner in the ‘Brand Jamaica’ phenomenon that was becoming quite infectious globally.
During the expo, trade personnel representing companies, agencies and non-profit organizations will work with a 30-member delegation from the JMA to provide a broad sampling of Jamaican products, as well as financing, trade and technical assistance, partnership and distributorship, and networking opportunities.
Participants will also explore international trade resource assistance and discuss success strategies in globalization from industry leaders.
Other Jamaican service organizations participating will include the Jamaica Trade & Invest (formerly JAMPRO), the Jamaica Exporters’ Association (JEA), and the Jamaica Business Development Centre (JBDC).Ten Jamaican entrepreneurs and community leaders in South Florida will be honoured at the annual installation and awards luncheon of JAUSACC, which follows the closing of the expo.
The recipients will be recognized for their positive contribution to the Jamaican Diaspora and the USA marketplace, according to Miss Gill, who is also President of M. Gill & Associates, a Miami-Dade consulting firm.
Guest speaker at the luncheon will be Dr. Raymond Chang, Chancellor of Ryerson University in Canada. A Jamaican national, Dr. Chang is also a successful Canadian businessman.
Since its inception, the Jamaica USA Chamber of Commerce has been deliberate in its efforts to promote trade and investment within the Jamaican Diaspora, as well as significantly improve international trade activities.
As part of its mission, the Chamber is also focused on assisting immigrants within the Diaspora to assimilate in the United States. Through the Chamber’s Scholarship Fund, students have been able to pursue studies at tertiary institutions, locally and abroad.
Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Chamber’s Small Business Disaster and Scholarship Funds.

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