The third Buy Dominica event, slated for March 27 and 28, will take on a new twist as students from the Portsmouth Secondary School (PSS), are expected to join manufacturers to display and sell their products.
The event is scheduled to be held at the Roseau Market.
Public Relations officer of the Dominica Manufacturers Association, (DMA), Severin McKenzie, said that the students were invited after he saw various products that they had produced at a recent business entrepreneurship day.
“They made some very interesting products which can be used for a variety of things; they also made yogurts and ice cream and a number of products from coconut, also herbal teas,” he said.
He pointed out that he saw it fitting to give the students an opportunity to sell their products, get a glimpse of the real world of entrepreneurship while gaining revenue and getting exposure.
McKenzie also pointed out that although the public has showed up for past Buy Dominica events, the numbers are not satisfying.
“A number of small producers have been taking advantage of the opportunity. We are not too satisfied with the turn out but we are hoping that as things move along and people begin to appreciate local products more, the numbers will increase and the results will be positive,” he said.
He encouraged the public to support the venture, in particular the students of the PSS.
Buy Dominica is a collaborative effort between the Dominica Manufacturers Association and the Dominica Association of Arts and Crafts, which seeks to showcase the employment possibilities that manufacturing has and stimulate the economy.
The first event was staged during the 2012 Christmas season and the second was during the 2013 Carnival season.