The Dominica Manufacturer’s Association will, on Friday August 2, launching a number of products manufactured by students of the Portsmouth Secondary School at the Buy Dominica activity at the Roseau Market.
A release from the DMA says it’s an opportunity for the Dominican population to support the students in their development of their manufacturing skills.
The PSS students are building on an initiative which started during the last academic year when the Business classes of forms four and five held an entrepreneur symposium to showcase products manufactured by the students and to explore career paths in the manufacturing sector.
Given the high quality of the products displayed by the students at that symposium, the Dominica Manufacturers Association gave the students an opportunity to participate in the Easter Buy Dominica campaign and since the beginning of the summer vacation the students have been hard at work developing new products.
At the launch on Friday, the students will display, for sale on the market, virgin coconut oil, cocoa and coffee products, pepper sauce, jams and a variety of punches. The products have received the approval of the Dominica Bureau of Standards. The National Development Foundation and the Small Business Support Unit have assisted the students in the production of the goods.
The students have been assisted by the Believers Multi-Purpose Co-operative of Castle Bruce who made their facility available for the processing of the coconuts and by James Edwin, the producer of Banillo Banana Cereal of St. Joseph, who provided packaging material.
The Dominica Manufacturer’s Association considers this initiative by the students of the Portsmouth Secondary School as a major breakthrough for the manufacturing sector which has significant potential for job creation for the youth.