After a 50 percent drop in sales of local products this year as compared to last year, attempts are being made to remedy the situation.
Buy Dominica is the latest initiative by the Dominica Manufacturer’s Association (DMA) in conjunction with the Dominica Arts and Craft Producers Association (DACPA) to heighten the sale of genuine Dominican products.
Buy Dominica is expected to take place on December 20 and 21 at the Roseau Market.
Speaking at a media briefing PRO of DMA, Severin Mckenzie, said the event is aimed at “trying to create a light at the end of the tunnel for the local suppliers.”
“The aim of the activity is very simple; to increase the cash flow of local manufacturers during this buying season, to allow them to finances to pay their workers, meet their financial commitments with their lending institutions and possibly make a profit for the first time in 2012 which has been a disappointing year for the manufacturing industry in particular and for business in Dominica generally,” he said.
Mc Kenzie further explained that it is also an opportunity to create a level of consciousness and appreciation of local products.
“To create an opportunity for Dominican manufacturers and producers to benefit from sales of their products and to create a level of consciousness among the Dominican population to appreciate Dominican products, create employment opportunities for Dominican nationals, reduce excessive import bill and contribute towards the economic growth of the nation,” he pointed out.
Meantime Francis Richards, President of DACPA, said the turn out at this event will determine whether it will continue.
“If this one works out well it will be an annual one,” he said.
The event will also be a follow up to a trade show in Lamentin Guadeloupe, organizers say.
Products that will from part of Buy Dominica will include foods, beverages, herbal teas, arts & craft, soap, clothes, furniture, souvenirs, post cards, confectionery, meat, poultry, cosmetics, toilet paper, beer, paintings and “whatever is available for sale and meets the quality standards.”