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  • The Social Development Commission (SDC) will be placing greater emphasis on promoting the Local Economic Development Support Programme (LEDSP), at the Hague Agricultural and Livestock Show.
  • The event will be held on Ash Wednesday (February 10), at the Hague show ground in Falmouth, Trelawny.
  • Parish Manager for the SDC, in Trelawny, Paula Barrett, told JIS News that the show presents the perfect opportunity for members of the small business community to forge partnerships, with a view to building their businesses.

The Social Development Commission (SDC) will be placing greater emphasis on promoting the Local Economic Development Support Programme (LEDSP), at the Hague Agricultural and Livestock Show.

The event will be held on Ash Wednesday (February 10), at the Hague show ground in Falmouth, Trelawny.

Parish Manager for the SDC, in Trelawny, Paula Barrett, told JIS News that the show presents the perfect opportunity for members of the small business community to forge partnerships, with a view to building their businesses.

Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, in Montego Bay, on February 2, Ms. Barrett said the SDC shares a longstanding relationship with the Hague Agricultural Show and given the reach of the annual event, more effort will be made this year to attract all small business operators through the LEDSP.

The LEDSP is an initiative implemented by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, through the SDC, to advance economic development of communities through the implementation of an integrated community development strategy.

It is designed to provide four core areas of support to Micro, Small and Medium sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in communities, including Capacity Building, Networking and Building Partnerships, Direct Support, and the Implementation of an Incentive Scheme.

“This year we want to improve on what we have been offering the public. Our Local Economic Development Support Programme is one in which our community groups, which are actively involved in business, get an opportunity to build on their knowledge,” Ms. Barrettt said.

She added that the SDC will be hosting a business village at the show,  to provide the 14 community groups that are involved in the LEDSP with the opportunity to professionally market their products as well as seek out possible investors.

“We have groups involved with agro-processing, honey products, community tourism and manufacturing. All these groups will be coming out on the day to showcase what they have to sell as well as to seek persons who are willing to invest,” Ms. Barrett said.

She added that the SDC will be establishing a business centre to give community groups access to register their businesses; training on how to properly operate their businesses; and  information on how to grow and strengthen their investments.

“We have agencies such as the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the Trelawny Parish Council, 4-H Clubs, RADA, and a team from the University of Technology who will be helping community groups to register their business,” Ms. Barrett said.

The Hague Agricultural and Livestock Show is being staged by the Trelawny Branch Societies of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), under the theme: ‘Youth Involvement in Agriculture – the Response to Sustainable Growth and Development’.