The Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) with financial support from the European Union (EU) promoted fourteen Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) across the country to participate in the Chamber of Commerce International Trade Fair Exhibition held at the National Stadium in Freetown.
According to the Manager of the SLIEPA exhibition stall, Theresa Tucker, the objective of their participation is to expose the SME’s into the market with their locally made value added products.
She said the SME’s exhibited different kinds of products ranging from fabrics, ointments and food that have been manufactured locally.
She added that many of the Small and Medium Enterprises are first time participants of the exhibition, drawn from Makeni, Bo, Kenema and Koinadugu Districts.
Theresa Tucker also said that some of the SME’s were opportuned to make huge sales of their products at the exhibition, while others networked with other companies and enterprises for partnership.
According to the Managing Director of Leliema Women Development Association, Mariatu Jusu, a manufacturer of drinking juice who is also one of the participating SME’s said this year’s exhibition is exceptional as customers bought most of her products.
She said her products are made of variety of mix tropical fruits with mango, pineapple and orange flavours that meets internationally accepted standards.
She said she was part of five selected SME’s that were trained on packaging and marketing of products with value addition by the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency and the European Union.
She said plans are underway to export some of her tropical juice products to other markets in the region.
Friday April 25, 2014