To heighten public awareness of the work of the co-operatives movement, the Co-operatives Department in the Ministry of Energy, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, will hold a fair at Church Village Green, Central Bank of Barbados, Tom Adams Financial Centre, Church Village, Bridgetown.
The event will be held on Saturday, August 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
On display will be products and services from Ujamaa – an agricultural co-operative; Addis Alem Co-operative; Emerging Brands and the Women’s Entrepreneurial Co-operative, which comprises members of the multi-purpose co-operatives umbrella.
According to Registrar of Co-operatives, Brett Gittens, the fair will give Barbadians an opportunity to “witness first-hand that members of co-operatives are astute businessmen and women, entrepreneurs and innovators in the Barbadian marketplace, while giving them another platform to exhibit and sell their quality goods and services”.
Over the years, the Registrar said that the movement had become more diverse and progressive, with co-operatives formed in finance, transport, construction, renewable energy, and sports.
He added: “They continue to show that among other things, pooling resources together, as well as working together, means that no individual needs to face the COVID-19 pandemic on their own.”
Collectively, the co-operative movement has over $2.4 billion in assets, over 211,000 members and employs over 600 people.