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Call to set up home for trade shows
As Government continues its drive to boost sustainable development, Public Administration Minister Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan is calling for the establishment of a home for trade shows. In an appeal to the T&T Manufacturers Association (TTMA) on Wednesday, Seepersad-Bachan said a world-class centre should be created in San Fernando to facilitate trade expositions from Central America and the Caribbean. Speaking at the opening of Southex Concept Expo 2013 at the Southern Academy of Performing Arts, San Fernando, she commended Southex’s CEO, George Singh, for re-introducing the trade exhibition to the city.
She said it should create opportunities for small businesses, budding artists, artisans, performers and entrepreneurs. She added: “I would like to issue a challenge to George and other entrepreneurs in San Fernando. “It is time that we create a permanent home for trade shows and business exhibitions in this country. San Fernando is the ideal location. “I would like to urge the T&T Manufacturers Association and other business associations to use the PPP (public-private partnership) model to establish a world-class centre in San Fernando, one that will facilitate trade shows in the Caribbean and Central America on a year-round basis,” Seepersad-Bachan said. Southex, she said, could be used as a learning model as it was easy to track growth, development and even failure.
She said it would work in tandem with Government’s plan to boost the economy by creating more jobs. She added: “I want to see more jobs for San Fernando West, not just in the mainstream sectors but also in self-employment. “We, the Government of T&T, are preparing for sustainable development and are putting the building blocks in place. One of these is to create an entrepreneurial class where people are self-sufficient and self-employed. “Hopefully, Southex will be much more than a showcase, it will be an inspiration.” Singh said the 17th edition of Southex would run until Sunday and would feature over 100 exhibitors in a range of areas, such as information technology and communications, design, automotive, energy technology and new concepts.
Free to the public, it also has a large food fair and fashion and entertainment village featuring several local artistes. The exhibition is expected to attracts more than 50,000 people over the five days.
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