MOC Ends 2-Day MSME Trade Fair

first_imgThe Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) has ended a two-day Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Trade Fair in Monrovia, terming it as a clear manifestation of changing the country’s economy. In an interview with some of the Small Enterprises (SMs), yesterday, Patricia F. Gant, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Patom Enterprise said her organization is involved in cultivation, preservation, processing, and packaging of farm produce to help reduce post-harvest waste and promote food security in Liberia. Ms. Gant said Patom Enterprise is currently based in Montserrado County but makes business with all smallholders in the various counties to promote farmers, considering the lack of storage capacity in the country.Madam Gant said she was delighted to be part of this year’s Trade Fair and Patom Enterprise will remain focused in promoting food security in the country.“During the pepper season in Liberia, we have most of it wasting with the price being very low on the market. In the face of no buyer, I buy them and reprocess them. I do pepper sour, pepper powder with all farm produces because if we are supported, Liberians can eat what they produce and produce what they eat,” Ms. Gant said.She said there are many challenges in improving small enterprise in Liberia, especially taking an entrepreneur from one place to another, including the payment of business registration, which is sometimes delayed and results into losing contracts. “If your business is not registered up to date to give you tax clearance, there will be a long process, some time there is a delay for one or two months, and during that period, you will lose many contracts because you are waiting for tax’s clearance and this is challenging and the government must intervene,” Ms. Gant said. She said small businesses are asked to pay for withholding taxes for the space they are occupying on the farm as an office, and also pay for the land that is being used for the farming.“The government has refused to consider the lack of road infrastructure that is hampering farmers in transporting their commodities to their destinations,” she said. “The roads are not good and this results into the damage of farmers goods. If farmers are informed to pay for all the above, you are discouraging them from farming, because they will be paying too much money and getting less from their sales. There is the need for government to begin subsidizing farmers,” she stressed. She said that with support from the government and other international partners by 2030, there would be more millionaires from the small enterprise or the private sector. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgAdvertorialKellys Mountain Top has gone from Strength to Strength in the last year since taking over at the high profile site on the N56 or locally referred by the locals as Carnamuggagh.The store & restaurant at Mountain Top, Letterkenny has seen a fresh new way of thinking on how to do business. Mairtin understands how every cent counts nowadays and he set about ensuring that his customers would get the best value around whenever they visit his business at the Mountain Top.The ex Centra Regional Manager allocated a 30% increase in space given to special offers in the store and they widened the special offer range to include great fresh food offers daily to help mum make a family meal on a budget.If its a lunch deal at the deli or something for your evening tea you will get it all at Kellys too.“Customers are loving these offers as it really helps Budget their Shopping Bill in these tough times and keep more money in their pockets” Mairtin tells us. The Restaurant has seen huge changes too in the first year, having already had a makeover in design it now has a roaring lunch time trade from the local businesses and the passing commuter not too mention the very loyal local customers, “lately we are getting customers just looking to get out of the office and clear their head”!The success of the restaurant can be explained by the great tasting lunch time offers that are changed every day to keep the customer taste buds excited and the service is excellent so there is no waiting about.The Party business has also seen huge interest and with Kellys now running an out door Catering business and Kids Birthday Club to compliment their growing party/function business every budget can be catered for, not too mention the vast number of charity events that has been hosted at the venue in 2012.When you add all of the above to a new range of homemade desserts, home made breads and scones you can see why the restaurant could call itself the no.1 for the best value restaurant in town.We must not forget the Big Offer that everyone who has eaten at Kellys recently are talking about its the Saturday Night 10OZ Steak special, now in place for over a year customers love it and its not hard to see why, its nearly impossible to get a seat on a Saturday night “so if your interested book early!! With the long evenings closing in Mairtin and his team thought how they could offer their customers a service that cost very little and stay in tune with customers needs.“It would have to help budget their shopping bill, allow people a treat without costing the moon and the stars?Eureka – Pizza Home Delivery! Everyone loves pizza and even more so when its at a great price not too mention delivered to your door for FREE and if you want ice cream with that its no problem, minerals or crisp no sweat, and maybe a sweet treat like a bar of chocolate for the movie – well you got it!The guys nationally at Centra have been developing a freshly cooked pizza model now since 2010 and has had great success in giving customers an excellent product having already sold 2 million cooked pizzas in Ireland -so its clear their customers love their Pizza! The ingredients and bases that Kellys Centra use are supplied by the same ingredient supplier who supplies some of the the major pizza chains in Ireland.Kellys Centra uses a Pizza Oven that the major Pizza chain use to cook their pizza, so whats the difference? “its Simple the Price and the Great Service”!With Kellys Centra you can order your pizza, ice cream and minerals along with all the sides you are used too, they have excellent value Meal deals which start at only €7 for 1 person so ideal for that Single Guy or Girl or a Family Meal Deal at €19.99 and have delivered straight to your door in their Funky Baby Jeep so even the snow won’t seperate you from your pizza night.But what is hugely different and very appealing to people with busy lifestyles is that you can add, a phone credit top up, bottle of wine, beer (t&cs apply) or whatever you need “simply put you can order everything you need for a great night in from your armchair at Prices that will not be beat” Check instore for details or click on to kellyscentra.ieSo do not over pay for your home-delivery pizza !!!Kellys deliver great tasting, excellent value pizza and with everything you need for that Great Night In why Ring anywhere else- all you have to remember is YOU RING WE BRING! 0862162052/9103965A YEAR ON – HOW KELLYS HAS BECOME A FOCAL POINT FOR THE COMMUNITY was last modified: October 29th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:delivery serviceKellysMairtin KellyMountain Toptakeaway pizzalast_img read more