Exhibition Of Local Products Begins At The Juba Trade Fair
Over sixty businesses are showcasing more than 100 products, at the opening of the Made in South Sudan Exhibition that begun on Tuesday, where locally produced products are being displayed in a trade fair.
Products display at the trade fair display in Juba [Photo by Jale Richard]
By Jale Richard
JUBA, 07 June 2017 [Gurtong]-The Made in South Sudan Exhibition organized by the Ministry of Trade and Industry with support from the private sector and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) aims at promoting and exposing local products.
The event is also aimed at encouraging domestic and foreign businesses to showcase their products. The products being showcased include agricultural products, furniture, detergent, drugs, candles, organic honey, among others.
UNDP Country Director, K. K. Kamaluddeen said the products being exhibited tell everybody that the country is a land of opportunities and there are hardworking people trying to make it possible.
“It is so important that we recognize the importance of the energies and interest of hard working men and women in South Sudan,” he said. “This is the story of South Sudan we have been waiting for, the story of people that are trying creative energies and talents to produce for their survival.”
Kamaluddeen says the exhibition is a story of what is possible for the development of the country when there is peace.
The UNDP director says the dependence on oil is not sustainable. “What will work and what is sustainable is what we are able to produce,” he said. He added that UNDP and its partners are looking for the future and the sustainability of the country and economy.
He said the exhibition should not only end at the planned time, but the items should remain in shops and markets for sell. He urged the youths to use their energy to work hard to produce locally for the domestic market which is ready to buy the products.
“Don’t let your ideas die, you have many of them,” he said.
Kamaluddeen said that through exploration of ideas, the youth can produce for the growth of the economy and the development of the country.
Dr. Moses Hassan Tiel, Minister of Trade and Industry said the exhibition provides for manufacturers to interact with suppliers and consumers, and business people in order to compete for the consumers, who in turn get lower prices.
The minister said most of the products in the country are being smuggled illegally to international market because there is no value addition locally.
“The country should now process its local products so as to earn revenue from their sells to the international markets,” he said.
He called upon all government institutions, local and partners to support the private sector in producing local products for the consumption of the people.
“By developing the industry sector we will be able to eradicate poverty,” he said. “By giving support to the private sector we will be able to raise the living standard of our people.”
Professor Ann Itto, the Presidential Advisor on Food Security and Agriculture said each step taken by the private sector will lead the country to a developed economy.
She pledged the government’s support for improving trade and commerce environment in the country.