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Promoting local products

The wooden products at the Harwood Woods booth caught their attention.

A number of manufacturers and other businesses are getting the opportunity to have their products seen by dozens of delegates here for the 2012 Barbados Network Consultations.

Called the Diaspora Conference, the event which began last Friday and ends tomorrow, has so far included a number of sessions on networking, tourism, fashion and cultural shows, short film features and entertainment by other artistes.

The event was officially opened by the Prime Minister Freundel Stuart on Wednesday, but over the last few days a number of companies and organisations have had the opportunity to also discuss their products and services with a number of their counterparts from across the Caribbean and further afield.

Products including a statue from a soon to be opened wax museum here, a new packaged road tennis game, jewellery, woodwork and others, were on display for members of the Diaspora to view.

Barbadian descendents from Cuba, the United States and the UK, among other Caribbean nations flew in for the conference, while some were invited to remain after the celebration of Grand Kadooment on Monday.

This second Diaspora Conference is themed, Linking Generations, Embracing Our Youth, and has so far featured clothing designs from some up-and-coming young designers, strolling youth musicians from the Barbados Community College ensemble 1688, as well as other businesses run by young people.

Yesterday’s sessions as well were expected to involve more youth, in keeping with the theme, in sessions where they could gain advice and guidance on careers, and also get the chance to interact with the Young Barbadian Professionals Society, involving business persons from the US, Canada, the UK and Barbados sharing their professional experiences.

While today’s sessions were more tourism driven, the conference will end tomorrow with a reception and awards, as well as cultural presentations. (LB)

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