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Some 50 new buyers have registered for this year’s Expo Jamaica 2010, in the last three weeks, despite the negative impact that the recent unrest in sections of West Kingston have had on Jamaica’s image, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda, has said.
He said this was a clear indication that there is some level of confidence returning to Jamaica as a viable business and investment destination. “So, despite the setbacks, there are encouraging signs on the horizon,” the Minister noted.
The rebranded trade show, which is a $20 million investment, is scheduled for June 17 to 20 at the National Arena, in Kingston.
Mr. Samuda told journalists on June 15, during a press conference at his office, in New Kingston, that as of June 14, some 265 buyers were registered for the trade symposium.
This number included approximately 158 international buyers and 107 locals, mainly from some six destinations, including Jamaica, 107; Nigeria, 34; the United States of America, 51; Canada,12; the Caribbean, 17, and the United Kingdom, 19.
“This will be our largest expo in our history, with some 2,000 products and services and affecting some 150 Jamaican businesses,” the Minister said.
Mr. Samuda said that about 17 registered buyers have cancelled their participation, citing security concerns, following the joint military/police operations in sections of West Kingston.
“This has been a great concern to us (and so) we want to encourage all those persons who had planned and have had second thoughts, to renew their interest in this Expo. We certainly hope that you will take advantage of this great opportunity, because in all of this, we have to keep moving forward in a positive vein,” Mr. Samuda added.