…but familiar patterns point to lack of originality
Guyanese turned out in their numbers last evening to witness the opening of the country’s premier Trade Fair, GuyExpo. This event which showcases locally made goods and serves as a platform to introduce new manufacturers and their products to the market, was launched at the Sophia Exhibition Centre under the theme, “Transformation: Partnering for a better Guyana.”
Like most other years, there was strong evidence to suggest that hard work went into trying to make the event a success, however, this year’s setting resembled that of other years, which suggested that little went in to ensuring originality for the current proceedings.
Of course, there were a few differences like the ‘Guyana Supermarket’, the historical walkway and the welcoming arches. There were also a few new exhibitors who brought their own touch and added to the event.
Some of the major businesses which have a presence at this year’s GuyExpo include Digicel, Fly Jamaica and Banks DIH. Among the new businesses that joined GuyExpo 2014 include Beeson’s Windows and Doors, DS Designs, Troy Resources, Play Guyana, Everything Makes Craft, LED Guyana, Zip Logistics, and PC Shack and Sueria Manufacturing Inc.
GuyExpo 2014 attracted 10 countries, just like last year, and they include Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, India, the United States of America, Pakistan, Argentina, Brazil, Bangladesh, French Guiana and Suriname. These countries have 70 delegates in total and have occupied 51 of the over 370 booths.
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As indicated, for the first time, there were welcoming arches which serve as a pictorial display of Guyana’s vast attractions responsible for capturing global attention while also adapting the floral concept of the blooming of a new era.
The ‘Guyana Supermarket’ which is a joint initiative of the Ministries of Tourism and Agriculture featured local products under the theme ‘Buy local, Eat Local, Live Local’.
There is a “Historical Walk” which represents the new paths Guyana continues to blaze while opening up new frontiers of development from the year 1980-2014. Photographs will be placed along this walkway portraying this vigorous development throughout recent years.
There is also the Party Village which features Guyana’s expansive line of beverages.
Interestingly there is a Chinese village which is separate and apart from the international pavilion.
The Chinese Village included exhibits from Bai Shan Lin and Sun Set Lakes Inc. The International Pavilion was situated next to the Tourism Island and that pavilion contained all things not local, except for the few exhibited in the Chinese village.
Tourism Island gives local tour operators a chance to showcase Guyana’s potential for ecotourism.
While a few hundreds gathered at the stage where the official opening ceremony was being held, the dozens of empty chairs showed that organizers were expecting a larger turnout even for this aspect of the proceedings last evening.
One of the major accomplishments of GuyExpo is that it serves as a platform for entrepreneurs and businesses to showcase, for a few days, their creativity, talent and innovation.
The event usually attracts more than 100,000 persons and provides opportunities for networking.
Some of this year’s sponsors include Ansa Mc Al, Banks DIH, GT&T, Courts Furniture Store, E-Networks, Golden Brook, Continental Group of Companies, NCN, Shangri-la Gardens, Global Technology Impressions, Star Party Rentals and Design Concept.
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