GuyExpo plans on track

Companies are heightening preparations for the Guyana Trade Fair and Exposition (GuyExpo), and applications have been submitted for all 400 booths for the May 12-15, 2016 event.
GuyExpo 2016 will focus on a reflection of 50 years of business in keeping with the national celebration of Guyana’s 50th anniversary, hence the theme “50 Years: Guyana means Business – Promoting Enterprise, Driving Productivity.”
Over the years, GuyExpo has served as a launching pad for many successful businesses. This year’s event will be centered on promoting and developing businesses.
 GuyExpo Coordinator, Tameca Sukhdeo-Singh, in an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA) urged interested exhibitors to come in now as booths are going quickly.
“A majority of the lawn space is already gone. It’s first come first served for GuyExpo 2016…we so far have at least 200 booths paid and accounted for, but we still have some available,” Sukhdeo-Singh explained.
“We want to go further this year. Since we’re now Ministry of Business, we would like to ensure that Guyexpo offers businesses that help they need to develop,” Sukhdeo-Singh asserted.
In that regard, four workshops will be held with exhibitors to teach them how to transform the theory they’ve learnt in business into the practical.
The social media component will position businesses to market their products over a wider scale which can lead to their development. “We’re looking at workshops that will focus on: how to access financing, to promote businesses through business plans, packaging and promotion and social media and website development,” Sukhdeo-Singh said.
Additionally, the new Guyana Marketing Corporation (GMC) will work along with another local business to assist exhibitors with challenges they face with regard packaging and product promotion.
“It can help them as small businesses to look at how they can use that to help empower themselves so our sessions are more or less to help our small businesses or small, micro, medium businesses to empower themselves and develop their businesses,” Sukhdeo Singh further explained.
Dawn Holder-Alert, Director of Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission outlined that, because it’s Guyana’s jubilee year, the exhibition will reflect it.
“The whole compound should reflect the celebration of a jubilee. We want the exhibitors in their booths to showcase local products, nicely decorated with items that reflect Guyana’s progress over the 50 years,” Holder-Alert said.
The Guyana Police Force, as well as private security firms will address the security needs of the exposition.
A number of countries are onboard including Argentina, Chile, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Indonesia, Brazil, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and St. Lucia.
“Some of them are coming here and I am getting calls from people, some coming here with the hope of doing business with small businesses which is what we’re looking for, so that when Guyexpo finishes, local businesses are not just left  hanging…they can go on to better opportunities,” Holder-Alert said.
Nobel House Sea Foods is assisting with an expansion of the supermarket concept that was introduced in 2014. This means that there will be a sea food section therefore the supermarket can be a one stop shop with everything under its roof.