The Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation (CTTRC) hosted its inaugural Pop-Up Market on 10th and 11th February at the Inshan Ali (Couva) Promenade where eighteen (18) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) from within the region participated by showcasing their locally made products for sale.
The MSMEs from Couva, Gasparillo, Las Lomas, Caparo, Mamoral, Gran Couva and Preysal featured products such as cocoa, coffee, chocolates, pepper sauces, wines, pastries, sweets, handcrafted jewellery, plants, and agro-products at the market.
This Pop-UP Market was hosted by the Corporation at a subsidized cost to participants in order to encourage and promote Local Economic Development in the region.
CTTRC Chairman Henry Awong, who also chairs the Tourism and Local Economic Development Committee of the Corporation, said that the Pop-Up Market initiative was being undertaken on a trial basis with the goal of regularly hosting such markets at various locations throughout the region. He said the Corporation would also be hosting a street-food market called “D Food Stop” at the Couva Carpark on weekends, starting at the end of March.
“The closure of several companies in the Point Lisas Estate, as well as closure of Petrotrin by Government, has resulted in numerous job losses to burgesses of CTTRC. These initiatives by the Corporation will by create jobs and promote local tourism thereby boosting economic activity in the region. We have many talented business-oriented individuals in the region and the Corporation aims to support and encourage these businesses, providing opportunities for growth in order to assist in the overall economic development of the region”, said Awong.