‘Submit products early for testing before exhibition’
ENTREPRENEURS who wish to take part in Brunei International Trade and Consumer Exhibition (BITC) 2017, especially those from the food and cosmetics industries, should submit samples of their products three months before the event to ensure they are safe for consumers.
This was disclosed by Dato’ Ting Jack Chai, managing director of Cityneon Displays and Construction Sdn Bhd, during the closing reception of BITC 2016 held at Bridex Centre in Jerudong.
During his closing remarks, he said some exhibitors for this year’s exhibition faced a delay in getting their products certified as safe, adding that it takes time for the products to be tested by the Ministry of Health (MOH).
“When the products arrive (in Brunei), we have to send them to the relevant authorities for testing, especially the ones for consumption (such as food and cosmetics). This is to ensure they are safe and appropriate to be displayed and sold to the Bruneian public.
“As organisers of the event, we need to work with the relevant authorities regarding these things (because) we are responsible for the members of the public that come to visit the exhibition,” he said.
Speaking to reporters, he said he was thankful that all exhibitors were able to display their products despite the delay in the products being tested and deemed safe.
However, he said this was possible only due to the cooperation and support of the MOH, as they were willing to speed up the process in order for the exhibitors to be able to sell their products.
Dato’ Ting said he doesn’t want this to occur at next year’s BITC, adding that he hopes that future exhibitors will be accommodating and send their product samples to Cityneon earlier.
This is to ensure that the authorities will have ample time to test their products, he said.
Over 100 international exhibitors from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Taiwan and the Philippines took part in this year’s exhibition.
The Brunei Times