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  • Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Business Development Corporation, (JBDC), Valerie Viera, said the time has come for a change in the tone of discussions regarding Jamaica’s business climate.
  • Ms. Veira said there are positive developments in the business environment and these should be highlighted.
  • The Mobile Business Clinic Initiative, which ends in Montego Bay on Thursday, November 6, is being spearheaded by the JBDC through the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce.

Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Business Development Corporation, (JBDC), Valerie Viera, said the time has come for a change in the tone of discussions regarding Jamaica’s business climate and the opportunities that are available, especially for players in the Micro Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (MSME) sector.

Speaking at the launch of the Mobile Business Clinic Initiative on Tuesday, November 4, in Montego Bay, St. James, Ms. Veira said there are positive developments in the business environment and these should be highlighted.

She said “I want to say that help is not on the way…it is here. We want to change the conversation…we want to move from everything mash up in Jamaica ….nutten naah gwaan fe me, let off…we want people to now say that Jamaica has so much possibilities and I want to participate actively in the process. We need to move from negative to positive because we have been so blessed in so many ways.”

Stating that Jamaica is currently “pregnant for development,” Ms. Viera said the JBDC has been using the “3Ps” strategy to drive MSME growth.

“At JBDC, we engage in 3Ps…one P is planning. We have to plan all that we do….the next P is perseverance. We are not going to tell you it is an easy road, but we say when you persevere, you will find a way. The other P is passion. We want to have passion in what we do…passion in getting those business opportunities off,” she said.

The JBDC head said once the “3Ps” are applied the result will be “two bigger Ps – progress and profit”.

“Once you get the 3Ps right…those two big Ps will come…one for progress and the other for profit. We are not in charity, we are in business so profit is key in that process,” she noted.

The Mobile Business Clinic Initiative, which ends in Montego Bay on Thursday, November 6, is being spearheaded by the JBDC through the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, and offers customized workshops and consultations to players in the MSME sector.