JAMAFEST exhibitors relate skills to business opportunities
Several exhibitors in the East African Arts & cultural festival named ‘Jamafest’ that concluded over the weekend at Amahoro national stadium believe that exposing and sharing their skills will create chances for business in the region.
This cultural festival brings together exhibitors from East African Community partner states; Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda with a diversity of items and cultural show.
It was organized under the theme “Fostering the East African Community Integration through Cultural Industries.”
Annick Kabatesi, a Burundian exhibiting traditional ‘bark cloth’ garments under an association named ‘MURUNDIKAZI FASHION’ said that her vision is to exploit business opportunities in the east African region and passing on her unique skills as well. She is very proud of her skills because these bark cloth garments have also exceptional designs liked by famous artists in her country like Steven a musician from Bujumbura, Eliane Becks Nininahazwe and many from other countries.
Training more workers for increased production is a target put forward by another exhibitor Francine Mugumyangingo dealing in portrait designing. She hopes to do a lot of networking during the festival so as to create bases in all East African countries.
“This is an opportunity that one must not let go just like that”, added Mugumyangingo.
Other exhibitions included drinks and food products also reflecting each country’s cultural heritage.
Peter Bwana is a Managing Director of ‘BWANA INVESTMENT’ a Ugandan local association dealing in the production of Kisubi (grass) tea, oil, detergents, liquid soap, shampoo, and mosquito candles, etc. Bwana also plans to have strong agents in all East African countries.