Visitor Ruta Faiga purchases crafts from Vaiana George at her Aka’ie’ie Beautiful Crafted stall at the BCI Trade Days yesterday. 22072722
The three-day Bank of the Cook Islands (BCI) Trade Days Expo kicked off yesterday with much fanfare allowing vendors to showcase locally made products and home grown produce.
annual Trade Days have been hosted during Te Maeva Nui festival period with the
purpose of encouraging trade between the islands.
record number of 64 vendors are taking part in this year’s Trade Days Expo.
Most of the vendors were pleased to see hundreds of visitors and locals walk
through the Punanga Nui market.
George set up her “Aka’ie’ie Beautiful Crafted” stall at 8am yesterday morning.
were already here ready and waiting for the stalls to open,” she said, pleased
at the great number of customers.
who has participated in the BCI Trade Days for some years, said “this is one of
the best, it’s nice here at the market place, people walk down one way and walk
back on the other side and well set up”.
vendor Dora Evans, who makes her home-made soaps and charcoal from scratch,
said: “I use whatever plants I have in my garden so each batch is slightly
different – some may have plantain, dandelion or hibiscus, whatever there’s in
was delighted to see happy customers and noted some tourists look for specific
ingredients in their soap which she can produce.
of the Business Trade and Investment Board (BTIB) Patrick Arioka officially
opened the function.
is Government’s priority to increase trade between the islands especially from
the Pa Enua to Rarotonga in agricultural, creative crafts or marine based
products to sustain our livelihoods and stimulate economic activities on our
smaller but precious islands,” Arioka said.
congratulated vendors such as Tarani Crafts, Nakura, and Mii Upu (Mrs Q) who
have participated since the first trade days held 20 years ago.
was proud to see more vendors saying it’s “an encouraging sign that more and
more of our people are starting up their own businesses”.
BCI Trade Days continue today and tomorrow from 9am to 2pm.