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Apr 4, 2014

A first ever Forestry and Fisheries Expo

Delmi Novelo

The annual Expo Marketplace organized by the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry is five months away. But on Saturday, in collaboration with the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, BCCI will for the first time host a Forestry, Fisheries and Finance Fair.  The booths at the expo will highlight sustainable forestry and fisheries initiatives and demonstrate the economic benefits of the industries in Belize. From nine a.m. to six p.m. at the ITVET compound on Freetown Road in Belize City, the public will be able to access great deals from local artisans. For those planning to get into the business of fishing or harvesting wood, representatives from the National Bank of Belize and the Development Finance Corporation will also be present. Today, Marketing and Public Relations Officer of BCCI, Delmi Novelo, promoted the event.

 

Delmi Novelo, Marketing and Public Relations Officer, BCCI

“We will have the forestry and the fisheries departments bringing their people together into one location; they will be displaying because out here we only see the finished products. When you got to the expo, you will see what it takes to actually get to those finished products. You will see people doing demonstrations with the equipment; how to get the wood to a finished product. We will also have artisans who will have nice sculptures and different types of arts that they create with wood. Same thing with the fisheries, they will be having different fisheries place [booths], they will be having food tasting: they will be having like conch ceviche, conch soup, conch fritters and I even heard lionfish fingers. We have what we call the triple-C philosophy—to connect, capacitate and to champion our members. And under the mandate for connect is where it falls the expos and where we bring together the different companies in one location to let them meet new business people, to connection with customers and to give them an opportunity to make more business connections. And that’s the same thing we want to do this Saturday with the fisheries one. We want to bring these small businesses, the little craftsmen out there into the industry and let them be known by everyone in Belize. It’s definitely a family event together with education. So we also invited schools and institutions—we sent an invitation to them—so that they can be out there as well to learn about the sustainability of the forest.”

 

As we said, the gates open at nine a.m.  Entrance is a dollar for adults, while children enter free. 

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