A?GOVERNMENT Member of Parliament has expressed disappointment over the absence of major retail stores at the annual BMEX?trade show that concluded last night at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
MP?James Paul, who is also Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS), said it would have been beneficial to have retailers interacting with some of the young entrepreneurs at the three-day Expo.
“I am disappointed that I haven’t seen any major retail stores coming to BMEX trying to see what is in it for them and that is unfortunate. We have a lot of young manufacturers seeking to do business and if the retailers were as interested in marketing our local products as they should be, they should be coming here to give encouragement to our local producers,” he said.
Speaking to the DAILY?NATION on a final day that included a tour by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and acting Governor General Sir Philip Greaves, Paul took issue with the absence of many of the supermarket outlets and the limited presence of leading department store Cave Shepherd.