Organizers of the annual Barbados Manufacturers Exhibition, BMEX 2015, have been given the thumbs up from both the Government and the Opposition.
This as the curtain comes down tonight on the island’s biggest showcase of local products and services, which opened on Friday at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
“Without the passion, zeal and aggression of the Barbados Manufacturers Association, as well as its strategic partners in creating awareness of the diversity of locally produced goods, we would not have had the privilege of participating in an annual expo, where the craftsmanship of many locally produced goods is second to none,” said Minister of Industry, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss, following a tour of the BMEX booths on Sunday.
Inniss, who had earlier officially declared the exhibition, said, “BMEX provides the impetus for bringing local, regional and international attention to the offerings of our local manufacturers.”
The annual showcase, which is now in its 34th year, included a large Guyanese contingent among the 100-plus booths this year.
After a walk-through of exhibitors’ hall on Sunday, the Opposition Barbados Labour Party ‘s small business spokeswoman, Santia Bradshaw, also commended the organizers of BMEX, as well as the exhibitors “who have actually been taking opportunities that are available to be able to start up their businesses.
“It is remarkable that there are so many young people as well who have started out doing their own businesses,” Bradshaw said.
“In the current environment it is very telling in the fact that a number of people now are trying new things. People who probably never would have thought of going into doing things where they are self-employed are being forced into a situation where they would have to start to think differently about getting into business.
“You start to realize how much talent we have in Barbados,” she added.