CCCI contemplating permanent exhibition facility
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THE Berbice Expo continues today and President of the Central Corentyne Chamber of Commerce and Industry CCCI), Mr. Imran Hamid, is encouraging persons to support the Expo, which he said will assist in the establishment of a permanent exhibition facility. “We are looking at getting a permanent exhibition facility as well as a recreational park…the Corentyne Chamber is targeting projects that will enhance what Berbice has to offer the rest of Guyana,” he said.
The sixth Berbice Expo and Trade Fair 2010 is being held under the theme: ‘Promoting Economic Diversity’.
The annual event is expected to allow the organizers to showcase what the ‘Ancient County’ has to offer. It concludes on July 26 and is being held at the Canje Welfare Centre Ground, Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne). “We have over 100 booths. We are sold out,” Hamid disclosed.
The Chamber President said the Expo’s participants include stakeholders in the clothing business, in furniture, creative arts and several other areas.
“We have one foreign participant from India, a woman, who deals with clothes, sweets and furniture,” Hamid said, adding that there has been “tremendous” support from the participants.
“This is what we want and the participants gain a lot. They showcase their products and that is what the Expo is about,” Hamid indicated.
He said the Ministry of Agriculture has been one of the biggest supporters of the Expo and assistance has also been given by the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce.
Hamid said the Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Manniram Prashad had challenged the Corentyne Chamber to take the exposition to other parts of Berbice.
“We were challenged and instead of holding the activity at Albion like we did last year we moved. This is good because we are expanding our reach,” he said.
Hamid acknowledged that taking up this challenge will “cost more,” but maintained that the bottom line is that the exhibitors are given a platform and Guyana is afforded a chance to see what Berbice has to offer.
“Once the main people, the target groups and the participants are happy, that is all that matters,” he said.
The Chamber President explained that the change of location also allows for patrons out of Region Six to experience a different part of Berbice.
“We expect a very positive response from the community and others that will visit the Expo,” Hamid said.
He reiterated that the Corentyne Chamber of Commerce is intent on ensuring that the products available in Berbice, by Berbicians, are properly showcased.
Relative to the security issue, Hamid affirmed that it is being treated as top priority.
He said the services of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and a private firm, Cops Security Services, have been engaged to ensure that the expo is incident free.
The Berbice Expo was officially declared opened yesterday.

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