On Sunday last (March 31, 2019), scores of local producers came together in a single space for yet another vigorous effort by the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) to propel small businesses forward. The event, though heavily supported by the government, could still be seen as the private sector’s response to the agonising fumbling of such efforts by successive administrations by way of GuyExpo and last year’s wishy-washy replacement, the Guyana Trade and Investment Exposition (GuyTIE), which was held at the Marriott Hotel and saw attendance of only some ten small business owners.

Dubbed Uncapped Marketplace, the GMSA event, which was dominated by agro-producers and processors and manufacturers of jewellery, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, art and craft among other local produce, was held at the National Stadium, Providence.            Continue reading