Job creation, skills development and social upliftment are vital elements of much needed economic growth in our country, and it is these keywords that are synonymous with direct selling worldwide.
Direct selling continues to perform strongly in Europe, despite the global economic crisis. Statistics compiled by Seldia and the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations (WFDSA) show a growth in sales in the European Union of 8.1 percent in 2010.
For many years, direct sales companies have shown enormous potential for generating income and social change, stimulating entrepreneurship and promoting interpersonal relationships.
Our membership includes more than 70 companies bringing a wide range of consumer products to the Australian market through direct selling. Almost 40 per cent of these are controlled by foreign interests.
This time last year, Canadians were emerging from the dramatic economic crisis in which so many people had lost not only their jobs, but also their hope for the future.
As always, it was a great pleasure to attend the USDSA Annual Conference in Miami, meeting old friends and learning of all the exciting new initiatives that are happening in the United States.
After hearing the details of the much-anticipated Irish ‘bail-out’ by the EU, it’s doubtful the economic situation here will see much improvement over the next few months and into the coming year.