The Dominica Manufacturers Association will convene its fifth Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 20th January, 2016, in the Conference Room of the Garraway Hotel. The meeting will be the first since the destruction from the effects of Tropical Storm Erika and also the first opportunity for the manufacturers to
discuss the status of the manufacturing sector.
The year 2015 saw mixed results in the manufacturing industry. Manufacturing facilities were severely affected by Tropical Storm Erika with the total destruction of the Essential Oils facility at Petite Savanne, the Macouchrie Estate was severely damaged, DCP Colgate Palmolive was forced to shut down their operations after more than fifty years and many other facilities were directly or indirectly affected.
On a positive note DMA successfully hosted students from the University of Dayton, Ohio, which resulted in the first ever Coconut Cheese competition.
But the most significant achievement of the DMA was the establishment of the BUY DOMINICA SUPERCENTRE: The Home of Locally Manufactured Products, a sales outlet exclusively for Dominican products, which was launched on December 1st, 2015 and displays products of 46 small, medium and large manufacturers.
The Annual General Meeting will begin at 3:00 p.m. with a business session, for only DMA members, where matters related to the association will be discussed and a new executive committee will be elected. The formal session, which is open to the media and the public will commence at 5:00 p.m. where the highlight will be a round-table discussion with manufacturers whose facilities were affected by the Tropical Storm and a representative from the Ministry of Trade. The topic for the discussion is “The Impact of Erika on the Manufacturing Sector and the Rebuilding Process”.
The Dominica Manufacturers Association is a non-profit, non-government organization, whose objective is to represent the interest of Dominica’s manufacturers by creating opportunities for the sales and marketing of local products and at the same time encouraging high quality, cost effective and consistent supplies of these products.
The Dominica Manufacturers Association recognizes the important role of the manufacturing sector in economic development and is committed to creating the conditions to improve the profitability of its members who have invested in such an important sector.