(ZIZ News) — The results of weeks of planning, marketing, research and creativity were put on display on Friday when participants in the Junior Achievement Programme in St. Kitts and Nevis offered their services for hire at a Trade Fair at the old Treasury Apron on Port Zante.

The event began with an opening ceremony where high level officials from the Ministry of Education and business owners from various sectors in St. Kitts and Nevis commended the students on their efforts.

Minister of Tourism, The Hon Lindsay Grant in his feature address, explained why the Junior Achievement Trade Fair is special.

“The 2016 Junior Achievement Trade Fair is very very special. Special to us in the ministry of international trade, industry and commerce because it marks the ultimate marriage in the ministry’s youngest offspring which is the national entrepreneurial development division better known as NEDD and the future of our federation of St. Kitts and Nevis”, he stated.

Minister Grant said he was pleased with the display of creative products.

“I recognize the innovation and the quality of the representation here this morning from the young people. I visited all the stalls this morning and I believe that we have seen before our eyes today, is testimony to the hope that we can have for the future”, the Minister added.

Products made from biodegradable materials such as wooden clothespins were fashioned into various household items.

Among them were phone holders and wall ornaments.

Five schools in St. Kitts and Nevis: The Basseterre High School, Charlestown Secondary, Gingerland Secondary, The Verchild’s High School and the Washington Archibald High School, took part in the Junior Achievement Company Programme for 2016.

Students involved in the Junior Achievement Company Programme develop and run a business from the ground up.

The top school becomes eligible to participate in the company of the year for the Americas region.