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Great response to Expo Jamaica 2014

BY ANIKA RICHARDS OBSERVER Online writer richardsai@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, March 24, 2014 | 6:59 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Contrary to stories of gloom and doom in Jamaica’s business sector a member of the Expo Jamaica 2014 team believes that based on the response from companies ahead of the 42nd staging of the trade show, corporate Jamaica is optimistic.

Speaking with reporters and editors at the Jamaica Observer’s Monday Exchange, Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA) President Brian Pengelley said he is surprised and that there is a desire among companies to really deliver at the April 3-6 staging at the National Arena. 

A member of the Expo Jamaica 2014 team, Berletta Forrester, confirmed that 448 buyers have so far registerd, and of that number, 255 are local buyers.

"The energy behind this show this year really surprises me because we hear a lot about doom and gloom, but that's not what we are seeing," said Pengelley. 

"We are seeing some optimism out there, we are seeing companies saying, 'you know what, I am going to spend the money, I am going to come, I am going to represent my company in a very good way and we will spend some money in order to do this'.

"That indicates to me that there is optimism, people are willing to invest, people are willing to drive their business," said Pengelley. 

"So I am looking forward to seeing the quality of displays and I think people will be surprised at the quality of displays they are going to see when they walk into the National Arena — companies are putting out big time to do that".

Expo Jamaica 2014, a partnership between the JMA and the Jamaica Exporters’ Association (JEA) is being held under the theme: ‘Brand Jamaica to the World!’.

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