The Dominica Manufactures Association (DMA) continues to build awareness in order help Dominicans understand what it means to manufacture their own products in Dominica and also to appreciate it.
President of the DMA, Severin Mckenzie said so at the opening on Friday, of the Buy Dominica Expo, an activity of the ‘Buy Dominica Campaign’ which is being observed this month in order to bring attention to local products and services in Dominica.
Mckenzie said that out of the hundreds of thousands of products that are being consumed daily in Dominica, more than 99 percent is imported.
“This little 1 percent or less than 1 percent that we produce here, we’ve got many challenges to get people to appreciate it, and this is one of the reasons why the Dominica Manufactures Association has been so consistent in trying to build awareness, in trying to get Dominicans to understand what it is, what it means to be manufacturing your own products in Dominica and trying to appreciate what we do,” he said.
He said the Buy Dominica Expo is one of a number of events that have been organized since the DMA was re-instituted in 2010.
“We have had a number of events here in the Roseau market and most recently we got the support of the Ministry of Commerce, Enterprise and Small Business Development, DEXIA and the DCSI to establish the Buy Dominica Super Centre…where we sell only products made in Dominica,” Mckenzie explained.
Mckenzie said the DMA is confident that the manufacturing sector will survive and thrive and described as “a very good sign of things to come,” the support that the manufacturer’s association has received so far from the Ministry of Commerce, Enterprise and Small Business Development.
He added that there has been some level of collaboration with DEXIA and the Ministry of Trade and disclosed that one of the things that the DMA is working on is to build the awareness that investing in machines is “maybe the way to go.”
“We have to step up on our production means so that we can get the necessary machines to help production,” he noted.
The DMA president also called on service providers to “step up to the plate” to see how best they can live up to the theme of this month which is, “Buy Local, Go Global: Building our Products and Services for Global Success.”