A fashion show ended the first day of the S.B.E.C. two-day Trade Fair in front of the government building on Wednesday night.
Among the designers showcasing their work were Taps fashion, Loana’s gift shop, Susana o Samoa, Gardenia Hinano, Loriana’s and Malias.
It was an opportunity for local designers to showcase, see, share and learn more on the different techniques and skills in designing and also how to meet international standards.
S.B.E.C has worked with the financial institutions to encourage entrepreneurs to push the limits, be it cultural, social and economic and see the value of small businesses through business trainings, mentoring and access to financial services.
At the opening on Wednesday, Minister of Public Enterprises Lautafi Fio Purcell said that the government believes in the power of small businesses to impact positive changes that can improve the economy, and the office of S.B.E.C is a key agent in driving these changes.
“We need to improve our trade both locally and internationally and for this to happen we must continuously undertake research and analysis on opportunities available, and market competitiveness so that businesses have a better understanding of their enabling environment and help them grow,” said Lautafi.
“Technology is fast changing the way businesses are inducted, and the government is working to make sure that our small businesses and the private sector are not left behind.”
For more than twenty years, S.B.E.C has been instrumental in the development of businesses in Samoa especially those in the rural communities and Savaii.
Entertainment for the night was provided by the C.C.C.S. Moata’a and Siva Afi Dance Group. Here are some of the photos from the night.