MIRAMAR – Laparkan was among more than 50 exhibitors at the 4th annual Jamaica Business Expo held September 3-4, 2009 at the Sunset Lakes Community Center which was attended by hundreds of Jamaicans and other Caribbean Americans.
The expo, put on by the Jamaica/USA Chamber of Commerce provided participants an opportunity to showcase their goods and services to the Caribbean American community in South Florida as well as discuss doing business in Jamaica with a number of Jamaican government officials including the country’s deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Dr. Kenneth Baugh.
The deputy prime minister was among the hundreds visiting the Laparkan display booth. He was briefed about Laparkan’s involvement in the Jamaican economy including the fact that the company had just opened an office in the new Kingston Container Terminal.
Dr. Baugh thanked Laparkan for its confidence in Jamaica and assured company officials of the government’s full support for its operations in the country. He also lauded Laparkan for being a partner with the Jamaican community in the Diaspora.
From left: Jamaica’s Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Kenneth Baugh, Jamaica’s Counsel General in Florida Sandra Grant Griffiths and Laparkan’s Air Cargo Manager, John Green.
During his visit to the Laparkan booth, the deputy prime minister was presented with a Laparkan cricket ball autographed by current West Indies team manager and former world record test bowler, Lance Gibbs. Among other dignitaries visiting the booth were Jamaica’s consul general for Florida Ms. Sandra Grant Griffiths and Florida State representative, Jamaican-born Hazel Rogers.
L-R: Laparkan’s Air Cargo Manager, John Green, Florida’s State Representative Hazel Rogers and Rafael Mejias of Laparkan
The Laparkan booth was a hive of activity with giveaways including pens, clips, key chains, cricket balls and information folders. Five members of the public also each won a free barrel as part of the Laparkan raffle.
During the conference session of the event, the Laparkan team held discussions with representatives of the Jamaica public and private sectors including the Jamaica Manufacturers Association, Jamaica Trade and Invest and the Ministry of Foreign Trade.