Due to the lack of interest in the manufacturing in Dominica, an initiative has been launched to get young people interested in that sector.
The “Buy Something to Sell” competition focuses on productivity, creativity and innovation and allows young people to have an outlet to showcase their ideas and talent.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday Public Relations Officer of the Dominica Manufacturers Association (DMA), Severin McKenzie, revealed that the lack of interest in the manufacturing sector is of major concern to the organization.
“We are looking to encourage people to participate in the manufacturing sector and this is why we came up with the idea of the ‘Make Something to Sell,’ which actually is a follow up to the first initiative that we came up with which was the Buy Dominica Campaign,” he stated.
According to him with the Buy Dominica Campaign, which was launched about two years ago, concentration was placed on products that already existed. However, with this new initiative, people will be encouraged to introduce new products.
“We are trying to get particularly the young people to be interested in the manufacturing sector,” he noted. “We are also interested in this initiative because we are concerned about our import/export bill. Dominica imports about $600-million a year and we only export about $80-million which is a trade imbalance of over $500-million.”
One participant, Magalie Telemacque, said she is excited about the initiative.
Telemacque produces ginger biscuits using a family recipe.
“I’m very interested and I’m really looking forward now that I’m hearing how far this thing is going,” she stated. “I’m really looking forward to see how far I can get in this competition and maybe even win this competition. I’m looking forward to the testing, the packaging and even working with the Dominica Manufacture’s Association in making this viable and even seeing it on the shelf.”
The Make Something to Sell competition is slated for August 12th to August 14th, 2014.