DMA reiterates its commitment to develop manufacturing in Dominica

Participants at DMA manufacturers event

Since the re-establishment of the Dominica Manufacturers Association (DMA) in 2010, it has embarked on a mission to help alleviate the plight of manufactures, increase the quantity and improve the quality of products on the local market.

This is according to DMA Secretary, Naomi Bannis Sampson, who said that over the last seven years, the association participated in many local, regional and international exhibitions.

She said DMA opened the Buy Dominica Supercenter where which supplied over two hundred and forty different types of products, however, the center was closed after the passage of Hurricane Maria.

The association has also assisted students of the Portsmouth Secondary School to participate in competitions and established the “Make Something to Sell Competition” in collaboration with Junior Achievers and the National Development Foundation of Dominica.

“We were able to successfully negotiate a two percent loan facility for manufactures currently available at the aid bank,” she added.

Sampson noted that the top three concerns of manufacturers in Dominica are finance and investments, factory space or expansion and the consistent supply and quality of raw materials.

The association hopes to close the information gap between manufacturers and stakeholders, accelerate processes for manufactures who are export-ready, facilitate the return of production of those that are challenged and encourage new players to the sector.

It further intends to launch the “make something to sell competition” to harness the creativity and innovation of secondary school students.

Sampson added that works are also being done to reopen the by Dominica Supercenter and plans for an exposition in the last quarter of 2020.

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  1. 72nationsshallallbowuntoHIM
    March 10, 2020

    what we need is a new industrial site that meet international standards. that will make accessing the international markets much easier. let it have a research and product testing and develop facility that allows you to test and develop products. Allow it to have its own port facility to make clearance and shipping easier for manufacturers. Put solar panels to assist with electricity cost if you cannot do geothermal yet. FOrce the ministry of Agriculture to work with manufacturers to ensure a constant supply of raw materials so that they dont have to import simple things like peppers to make pepper sauce.

  2. Galileo
    March 5, 2020

    I am convinced if the government provides the necessary support this association needs the country and it’s people as a whole will reap the harvest. Along with our agriculture, adding value to our produce will result in significant profits but, of course marketing is a fundamental aspect. Government needs to put more into working with this association and this includes getting cheaper energy which will reduce the manufacturers’ cost of production. We have been talking too much and not acting enough. Get this geothermal thing going. If people can’t perform get rid of them and replace them with others who are more competent. Guyana just found billions in oil, the heat under our land is our oil. Come on Mr Prime minister we cannot sit here waiting any longer. we are Being left in the dust of others.

    • Batibou River
      March 10, 2020

      Maybe all you should look into the production of passports. No doubt the dictator would be able to provide plenty of Know-how and assistance.

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