Monday 16 September, 2019

BPIAJ lends helping hand in sponsoring micro-business presence at JIE

From left, Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Agriculture, Floyd Green; Brian Pengelley, Chairman, Jamaica International Exhibition (JIE), Metry Seaga, President, Jamaica Manufacturers’ and Exporters' Association (JMEA); and Gloria Henry, president of the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica, at the  2019 JIE at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Saturday.

From left, Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Agriculture, Floyd Green; Brian Pengelley, Chairman, Jamaica International Exhibition (JIE), Metry Seaga, President, Jamaica Manufacturers’ and Exporters' Association (JMEA); and Gloria Henry, president of the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica, at the 2019 JIE at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Saturday.

Although not a manufacturer or exporter of goods and services, the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ) gave its full support to the Jamaica International Exhibition by sponsoring booths for several western Jamaica-based micro-manufacturers.

According to BPIAJ President, Gloria Henry, her organisation felt it was fitting to give back to help members in other sectors to flourish, by sponsoring the booths at the Jamaica Manufacturers’ and Exporters’ Association (JMEA) event, as this would redound to the overall benefit of the country.

The benefitting micro-enterprises were Hanover Java Farms, Maroon Pride, Hanover Bee Farmers’ Co-operative and Barr Spice, a spice-making company based in Maroon Town, St James.

“We are a part of this dynamic community that supports the growth of the BPO sector. Plus, our members buy products and services here, and we want them to enjoy the best quality products and services. So if we can help to take a business to the next level so that they can enhance their products, and also give them the economic opportunities to sell to, to connect, to improve their businesses, then we feel we would have done some good in the community,” Henry added.

"They are very grateful because already they are talking to JAMPRO; they are talking with agencies that can help them to raise their visibility, to give them the opportunity to go on a bigger platform to promote their products, so it will really help them to enhance and take their products to a higher level,” Henry elaborated further.

Winston Barr, proprietor of Barr Spice, expressed delight with the support from the BPIAJ.

“We are highlighting our products we have annatto, which is not a new product, but is new to a lot of people who don’t know about it. We are promoting a healthier lifestyle by using natural products,” he said of his business.

“Without the BPIAJ and without the SDC (Social Development Commission), this would not have been possible, and I am really glad that the BPIAJ considered my company to be part of the expo. A lot of people have shown interest in our products, especially the annatto. From overseas and local buyers show interest in carrying our products,” added Barr.

His counterpart, Alfred Malcolm, proprietor of Hanover Java Farms, said he too was very appreciative of the BPIAJ’s gesture.

“I am so glad that I was invited here. I am happy about it. I am getting a lot of response and its doing real good. The people say ‘Come with it’; they like it. I feel so motivated and so happy. It has helped me by lifting my faith,” he said.

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