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Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss is expected to deliver a keynote address at the symposium.(FP)

Over 70 manufacturers are expected at the inaugural Symposium on Innovation and Manufacturing next week Monday, June 17.

Scheduled for the Savannah Beach Hotel, Hastings, Christ Church, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the seminar will feature a keynote address by the Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss.

Commenting on the response thus far, Economist with the Division of Industry and International Business, Cyril Gill, said the reaction has been "favourable, with several members of the manufacturing community expressing that they were looking forward to learning new techniques that would enable them to be more innovative in their practices."

He continued: "This is definitely an initiative that the sector has been waiting for and hence, we are looking to embrace new skills that would facilitate innovative approaches within the manufacturing community."

Keynote speakers will be: Lecturer in the Department of Economics (Cave Hill Campus), Dr. Winston Moore; Lecturer in the Department of Management Studies (Cave Hill Campus), Dr. Paul Pounder; Chief Executive Officer, Barbados Investment Development Corporation, Dr. Leroy McClean; (Ag) Director National Council for Science and Technology, Charles Cyrus; Founder of Innogen Technologies, Mark Hill and Executive Director, Barbados Coalition of Service Industries, Lisa Cummins.

Members of the manufacturing community are encouraged to bring suggestions on how the manufacturing sector can be made more innovative and efficient through government and private sector initiatives.

To register, persons may call Cyril Gill, at 625-2200 or 625-2245. They may also email bds.industry@gmail.com or cyril_gill@barbadosbusiness.gov.bb .

theresa.blackman@barbados.gov.bb

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