EAGA expo ends with success

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines - East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Expo came to a close yesterday at the atrium of the Airport Mall, Berakas, with vendors claiming to get good sales.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, Juliana Muh Ali, the owner of Nuruliman, a boutique from Malaysia that sells gamis or jubah for men and women, telekung, hijabs and shawls, said that sales were pretty good for her.

“Bruneians really like our design. Our most popular products are the hijabs, shawls and jubah.

“We sold almost everything. Some have even booked the remaining pieces that I have, so I don’t have any stock to bring home,” she said, adding that it was more than she expected.

Juliana also said that through the expo, she learned that Bru-neians didn’t want to spend more than $50 on a jubah. “The next time I come, I will bring in products that cost less than $50.”

She also suggested that more advertising should be done to bring in more crowds.

“Overall, the expo has been great, whenever I needed any help – no one hesitated and the activities were fun as well, we could also participate in it.”

Meanwhile, Brunei Halal’s Purchasing and Marketing Manager Nurul Ikram also said that sales were good. “Our most popular product was the Dried Smoked Fish Sauce because it has a unique Bruneian taste and is locally made. Some customers even came back again to purchase the fish sauce. Our cooking sauces were quite a hit as well.”

Four different types of Brunei Halal Products were sold during the expo, including cooking sau-ces, dishes of India and microwaveable rice.

“We will also be participating in the ASEAN Consumer Fair which will be held from June 25 until June 29. We would like the public to come by our booth as we will be introducing more products.”

The owner and founder of Ozzy Batik, Lianawati Hidayat, who sells different types of batik clothing, said that her products suit the community in Brunei well.

“Bruneians really love my products especially the design, patterns and style.

“I hope to find a distributor here to sell my products as well so the people in Brunei don’t have to travel far to get them.”

Ozzy Batik will also be taking part in the upcoming ASEAN Consumer Fair.

The closing ceremony concluded with a prize giving ceremony to participants who took part in various competitions organised. Certificates were also presented to the participating exhibitors.

Present as the guest of honour was Pg Yura Kesteria PSN Pg Hj Yusuf, the Executive Chairman of the BIMP-EAGA, Business Council.

The Brunei Times