EVERYTHING VINCY PLUS 'from our hands to the world'
The brand ‘Everything Vincy PLUS’ represents a convergence of interests to form an overarching goal. The concept of ‘Everything Vincy’ came out of an Invest SVG stakeholder meeting, where the idea of a local exposition was put forward as a platform for showcasing Vincentian businesses that are export ready or have export potential. Moreover, it is also geared at providing technical support and training in areas that are essential for reaching external markets – including branding, market standardization and a deeper dive on what is provided under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). This initiative, from its conception, focused on improving the visibility of local products and is a part of a larger ‘buy local’ campaign aimed at sensitizing the local population about what is produced locally.
First implemented in October 2017, the ‘Everything Vincy’ Expo is spearheaded by Invest SVG, the initiative fits in line with one of the investment agency’s mandates of furthering export development within St. Vincent and the Grenadines – an essential component in our overall economic growth.
The success of last year’s Expo has prompted an even bigger and more elaborate production for October 2018; with an increase in exhibitors and the introduction of regional participants and buyers.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS
Invest SVG (St. Vincent & the Grenadines) is the official investment agency of the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines - operating under the direction of the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Sustainable Development.
Formerly known as National Investment Promotions Inc. (NIPI), our mandate is to attract Foreign Direct Investment to St. Vincent & the Grenadines through the promotion of seven specific sectors. Namely: Tourism Development, Agro-Processing, Light Manufacturing, Creative Industries, International Financial Services, Information & Communication Technology (ICT) and Renewable Energy.
Invest SVG also stimulates export development by assisting local producers/businesses become export-ready (offering quality products and services to lucrative markets) through access to grants/other funding, training and opportunities to attend regional and international exhibitions and expositions.
The vision for this festival is to generate increased interest in Vincentian culture, merchandise and sporting heritage. The festival concept, originally proposed by the ‘VIMOC, aims at developing a cohesive and comprehensive festival, by partnering with Invest SVG and the Association for Music Professionals (SVGAMP)to integrate their respective initiatives into a single calendar of events worthy of the title ‘Everything Vincy’. For us this brand reflects the scope and intended longevity of the festival.
This document provides an expanded understanding of what the festival includes and the time frame in which we aim to host it.
In creating another significant festival, packaged for local, regional and international consumption, we seek to leverage the opening of more transit routes to attract overseas visitors and strengthen links with our Vincentian diaspora. We see this process of developing a new, significant festival as necessary for our wider tourism product, as we seek to sustain and grow the levels of unique visitor arrivals. This also helps grown and better define Vincentian culture, business and lifestyle as a brand. We believe that, as a package, the festival is very reflective and inclusive of everything that is Vincentian
Exhibitors will be of the following sectors:
Fashion Apparel & Footwear
Food & Beverage
Health & Wellness
ICT & Related Services
Marketing, Public Relations and Communications