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In its bid to continually create promotional opportunities for micro, small and medium size enterprises (MSMEs) in Jamaica, the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), will be staging its annual Kumba Mi Yabba Christmas fair at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Hope Road.
The fair, now in its ninth year, will be staged from December 18 to 20, and will showcase a wide range of authentic Jamaican products, including ceramic items, paintings, carvings, household accessories, aromatherapy items, clothing, accessories and local cuisines.
Speaking with JIS News, Public Relations Officer at the JBDC, Miss. Sancia Campbell pointed out that Kumba Mi Yabba provides a platform for local producers and manufacturers of innovative and indigenous products and services, to showcase their merchandise.
She added that the event also provides a medium for entrepreneurs to access a wider market, both locally and overseas.
New to this year’s staging, Miss Campbell announced, is the launch of the Jamaica Wellness Cluster’s new line of products, which include teas, body wash and lotions.
“There are always more persons every year producing something new and things that are geared toward promoting brand Jamaica,” the Public Relations Officer noted, adding that the annual event continuously features “high-end, high quality products.”
She noted too, that another first this year, was the staging of Kumba Mi Yabba at two locations – the first held at Pier One, Montego Bay on December 12 and 13.
“We took Kumba Mi Yabba to Montego Bay this year, which is just part of our commitment to expand the product, so that other persons can be a part of it…now that we have had the experience with Montego Bay, we will know all of the areas that we need to work on, to ensure that everyone will be satisfied with the offering,” she noted.
Some 200 exhibitors are expected at the Kingston event, with an anticipated 10,000 persons visiting the Christmas village. The event will last from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on the first day and 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on the remaining days.

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