Buy Dominica to highlight PSS products

A vendor poses with her products at the Buy Dominica Carnival Extravaganza
A vendor poses with her products at the Buy Dominica Carnival Extravaganza

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.

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12 Comments

  1. Malatete
    March 27, 2013

    If we are so keen on buying local why are we promoting a Columbia Fair, in the Public Servie Union building of all places. Who is benefitting from that arrangement?

  2. I REMEMBER
    March 27, 2013

    I think this student participation in entrepreneurship is an excellent idea.May I suggest to Mr.Mckenzie and others that the’Buy Dominica’idea go a step further an invite secondary schools islandwide to participate.This program could possibly be set up during the summer vacations to allow those students participating in the program and their mentors/advisers more time away from school work to develop their ideas better and plan strategies for getting the products to consumers.This will help develop these young people to think,develop entrepreneurial skills and produce stuff at the same time earning themselves some money.I would also suggest that the program be established during the summer months and run for at least a week with proper advertising giving the public ample time to get involved.I think this should be encouraged and developed.

  3. =
    March 27, 2013

    so allu find my comment no rocking allu have it waiting still..

  4. Anonymous
    March 27, 2013

    Finally the media is highlighting something positive about PSS and Possie.

  5. PSS ENCORE!!!
    March 26, 2013

    Go PSS…we are proud of you. Thanks to Mr McKenzie who saw the products and for your initiative in exposing the talents of the students. Go PSS Go Dominica

  6. the truth
    March 26, 2013

    Good idea!

  7. Anonymous
    March 26, 2013

    :-P :-D 8-O :lol: :cry: :-? :-x :?:

  8. D.a masive
    March 26, 2013

    this vendor is my sister.annette lol your money big

  9. forward on PSS
    March 26, 2013

    CONGRATULATIONS PSS THIS IS MY OLD SCHOOL.

  10. vf
    March 26, 2013

    wishing the students well with their venture

  11. =
    March 26, 2013

    keep on moving PSS

  12. Alumni
    March 26, 2013

    Forward on, PSS!

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