Eleven start-up and MSMEs companies from Negros Occidental joined the Manila Furnishings and Apparel Manufacturers' Exchange (FAME) International exhibition of the Department of Trade and Industry at the World Trade Center, Manila City that will end today.
The Manila FAME is the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, and is the only trade event in the country that is approved by Union des FoiresInternationales, or the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions of DTI, semi-annually.
Local enterprises from Negros Occidental were Babaylans Coco Craft, Yssa's Craft, Silay Export, Artisana Hacienda Crafts, PLV, Vivo Handicrafts, Tumandol Crafts, Kikulo, M'Con and Golden Arts and Furnishings that exhibited mats, candelabras, vases, lamps, bags, slippers, trays, bowls, house railings and other home decors.
Negros Occidental Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist, Mae Buaron, said the provincial government was really supportive to local entrepreneurs participating in the international exhibition.
Association of Negros Producers President Ina Gaston,said the participation of the local MSMEs is intended to expose them to the export market and to brand Negros Occidental as a source of good quality crafts and home decor.
Through the exhibition, the local entrepreneurs will learn more about market intelligence and to connect to global consumers, she said.
Buaron also said that they are thankful to Gov. Alfredo Marañon for his support and she hopes that the sales of these MSMEs will increase after the event.
The ANP president also said there are many inquiries about their displayed products and she hopes for possible tie-ups between the local MSMEs and other national companies.*MLG
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