Expo Jamaica is the largest and most impactful exhibition and trade show of its kind in the Caribbean which highlights Jamaican products and services. It is a multi-sectoral exposition showcasing manufacturers, service providers, primary producers, exporters as well as the tourism industry under one roof – creating a carefully-curated shop window for Jamaican products and services.
With a rich heritage dating back to 1971 we have grown significantly in size and reputation, to become the Caribbean’s number one exhibition and tradeshow attracting over two hundred and nineteen (219) exhibitors, five hundred and sixty-eight (568) buyers, and twenty-one thousand four hundred and forty-two (21,442) consumers in 2018.
Expo Jamaica is hosted by the Jamaica Manufacturers’ and Exporters Association Limited.
Expo was first held in 1971 under the leadership of then Jamaica Manufacturers Association (JMA) President, Charles Henderson-Davis, and was dubbed “Industry in Action”. In 1972, the biennial fair took on a more unique quality, because for the first time, it was being staged jointly by the JMA and the Jamaica Exporters Association (JEA).
The 1982 Expo became the first show geared towards the export market and one which saw the participation of manufacturers outside Jamaica. The show, therefore, provided the perfect opportunity for networking and the establishment of profitable business relationships.
In 2004, the JMA and JEA renewed their partnership and hosted the JMA/JEA Expo after an 8- year hiatus, under the theme “BUY JAMAICAN BUILD JAMAICA.” The Expo sought to educate and increase awareness and market share of the plethora of world class goods and services available locally as well as to market these commodities on an international level. The Jamaican Agricultural Society (JAS) also partnered with both associations to highlight the link between agriculture, manufacturers, and exporters and to encourage consumers to “EAT JAMAICAN!”
The JMA and the JEA are lead associations in hosting the trade show and missions to promote brand Jamaica to the international marketplace and local consumers. The JMA/JEA EXPO rebranded EXPO JAMAICA in 2010 remains of the highest quality and most recognized show in Jamaica as well as internationally that promotes Jamaican goods and services and creates business opportunities.
JAMPRO has been partnering with the JMA and JEA since 1996, its main role being to promote the show internationally and recruit buyers to expand export sales as well as to strengthen the linkages with the local hotel and distributive trade.