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Prime Minister, P.J. Patterson will be hosting a Business Development Forum at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on February 23 under the theme: ‘Today’s Investment, Tomorrow’s Opportunities’.
The chief objective of the forum is to instill confidence in the business community and the public about the country’s economic prospects.
Speaking at a JIS Think Tank session Patricia Francis, President of the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), the agency responsible for coordinating the event, outlined that the forum will sensitize investors (local, regional, international) as to the wealth of investment opportunities available in the island.
“The forum is to bring together people who have a capability and capacity to expand their businesses to meet these opportunities,” Mrs. Francis stated. She added that the forum would provide information and give local business people the opportunity to network and become in touch with key players and investors who have an interest in the island.
The forum also serves to sensitize targeted audiences on the direct benefits arising from investment initiatives such as increased employment, improved market access, linkages and supply chain opportunities.
This initiative can assist in repositioning Jamaica as a preferred business and trade partner by highlighting the country’s strength and advantages to the broader international market.
The Business Development Forum will highlight and focus on five sectors: manufacturing, tourism, infrastructure, bauxite and mining and Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
The forum is aimed at agencies and departments of government; corporate Jamaica including investors and suppliers of goods and services to investment sectors; local, regional and international investors; industry associations; the Jamaican Diaspora, local and international media; media owners and local financial institutions.
As part of the forum’s agenda, Epic Newsgroup of the USA will be producing a video that will receive coverage on some of the top international networks such as CNN, ABC, CBC and MSNBC for one year.
Participants in the Business Development Forum will be specially invited to attend.