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Third and fourth form students from six secondary schools in St Kitts and Nevis exhibited their entrepreneurial skills at the 2010 Junior Achievement Trade Fair on Friday, 30 April at the Independence Square, Basseterre.
Students participating in the Junior Achievement programme, the Innovative Company Project, utilise this opportunity to showcase and sell their companies’ products and services to the general public. Additionally it is an opportunity to promote Junior Achievement and acknowledge the Programme’s sponsors and contributors. The platinum sponsors for 2009-2010 are FirstCaribbean International Bank and St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank.
The Trade Fair was officially opened at 10:30am by the Minister of Education, the Honourable Nigel Carty, and the day’s activities included a talent concert put on by the participating students. The products and services on display included hand crafted souvenirs; wooden flexi stands, personalised lap top bags, recipe books, painted T-Shirts, gift baskets, nail designs and face painting. At the end of the project, participating students would receive certificates of completion and special prizes would be awarded to the companies with outstanding performance.
Junior Achievement was introduced to St. Kitts and Nevis in 2004 by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and other public and private sector organisations. The St Kitts- Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce is now responsible for managing the programmes with assistance from a Junior Achievement Advisory Committee.