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A one-day conference, showcasing the range of trade and investment opportunities in Jamaica, will be held at the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights and Executive Meeting Centre in New Jersey on Friday, October 19.
The event themed: ‘Beautiful Beaches, Bountiful Business’ is being organized by the Jamaica Diaspora Trade and Investment Council Northeast Region United States.
Some 15 Jamaican and United States-based companies in areas of construction, renewable energy, agriculture, information technology, manufacturing, export, health and wellness tourism, and the financial sector, are expected to participate in the investment conference and trade exposition.
According to Trade Council Sector Leader for the Jamaica Diaspora Foundation Northeast Region, Beverly Smith, the response from companies has been tremendous. “We are expecting that the number of exhibitors will increase,” she said, noting that some 250 participants are expected to attend.
She said that the event is an attempt to showcase Jamaica as the place to do business at this time and also to present another dimension to the island. Dr. Harold Mignott, Chairman of the Jamaica Diaspora Foundation Northeast Region, said that the New Jersey conference will provide “the most convenient, cost-effective way to promote your product or service to an elite group of investors and sophisticated business leaders at this time”.
“Hopefully, this will be the start of a major trade and investment initiative bringing together key business interests from both sides to learn and share ideas about business opportunities in Jamaica,” he said, noting that one-day event will afford one-on-one meetings with buyers and sellers.
Among the expert group assembled for the event are: Aubyn Hill, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Corporate Strategies, who will be the keynote speaker and panelists Donovan Stanberry, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture; Gary Peart, Director and CEO, Mayberry Investments; Eric Light, President, The Strawberry Group; Patrick Casserly, President and CEO, e-Services Group International; and Dr. John H. Bailey from Bailey Medical Associates.
Conference participants will be engaged in plenary and information sessions, workshops, investor forums and an exposition, where they will network and gain market intelligence.
The Jamaica Diaspora Trade and Investment Council Northeast Region is a division of the Jamaica Diaspora Foundation, which was established in 2002 to facilitate and strengthen the links between Jamaicans residing abroad and those at home, thereby broadening the scope and impact of the contribution of the Diaspora to the development of Jamaica.

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