COCONUT FESTIVAL AT THE VINCY INNOVATION EXPO 2018

Invest SVG, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce, will be hosting a Coconut Festival at the Vincy Innovators Expo. The Expo will take place on Friday July 27th, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. at the Alliance Franşaise (the old public library) in Kingstown.

The Coconut Festival is a unique exhibition aimed at promoting crops and agricultural industries, primarily the value chain of coconuts. This event will showcase various levels of production and manufacturing and is expected to stimulate an integration and expansion of businesses through networking.

To this end, exhibitors will be given the opportunity to display their products and services. As a product that already boasts flexibility in its use, this event will not only emphasize the existing versatility of the coconut as a food item, but will simultaneously demonstrate its usefulness so as to maximize the potential products and services from which benefits could be provided.

The Vincy Innovation Expo is an initiative introduced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce in conjunction with the Permanent Mission of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations Exposition in recognition of “World Creativity and Innovation Day”.

This day is celebrated annually on April 21st, and is aimed at raising awareness of the role of creativity and innovation in problem-solving with the overall goal being that of sustainable development.

Vincy Innovation Expo & Coconut Festival 2018 is intended to showcase a wide range of local creations and modernisations, inclusive of Information Technology, Agriculture, Engineering, Architecture, Culinary Arts, and Local Crafts.

 Residents of, and visitors to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the country’s best food, drinks, arts, and craft at this event showcasing the different ways in which coconut can be utilized to make a variety of products; a special highlight will include tastings of some of the products

To participate in this event, the following conditions must be satisfied:

  1. Persons must be between 15 and 45 years old.
  1. Participants’ innovations or creations:

– MUST have a level of originality;

– Should address or solve a problem that is being faced within a community; and

– Should incorporate, to some extent, the use of ingenuity and creativity of various materials.

There will be an appearance fee of US$50.00 to be paid by each participant. There will also be further opportunity to win cash prizes of up to US$1,000.00 (first prize), US$500.00 (second prize) and US$250.00(third prize).

The Judging and the presentation of prizes for the winners will take place on Friday July 27, 2018 at the close of the Expo.

Invest SVG is both thrilled and honoured to be partnering with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce in this inaugural venture.