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  • All is in place for the staging of the Jamaica Employers’ Federation’s (JEF) annual convention from May 21 to 24 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James.
  • Chief Executive Officer of the JEF, Brenda Cuthbert, said the organisation “has pulled out all the stops” for the 33rd staging of the event, which is expected to be the “biggest ever”.
  • The JEF, recognised as the voice of the employer in Jamaica, plays a pivotal role in creating a more productive, competitive and harmonious climate in which the country’s business sector can achieve growth.



All is in place for the staging of the Jamaica Employers’ Federation’s (JEF) annual convention from May 21 to 24 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James.

Chief Executive Officer of the JEF, Brenda Cuthbert, said the organisation “has pulled out all the stops” for the 33rd staging of the event, which is expected to be the “biggest ever”.

Addressing the official launch at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre, Sam Sharpe Square on Tuesday (March 24), Ms. Cuthbert said the event will bring together leaders, entrepreneurs, professionals, academia, and the public and private sectors, to discuss the impact of partnerships in developing decent work environments.

She informed that there will be over 40 exhibitors of various products and services, while there will be opportunity for learning, sharing and networking. The four-day event will feature presentations from highly acclaimed local and international experts drawn from academia, business and industry.

Ms. Cuthbert said the theme for the event: ‘Collaboration … innovate – opportunities for growth’ is in keeping with “what we have been doing for the last three or four years; encouraging our members and our participants to think positively as to the things that we can do, believing that the possibilities are endless”.

“We…believe that if we collaborate and innovate, we can grasp these opportunities and be able to partner for the development of decent work environments,” she contended.

President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nathan Robb, welcomes the staging of the event in the second city.

He said “Montego Bay, like Jamaica, is open for business and welcomes all who have come to its borders”.

Mr. Robb commended the JEF for its contribution to enhancing the country’s business environment.

“I believe that an essential part of business, its development and growth, is the work that is done by the JEF. Given the growth prospects that Jamaica wants and given the fact that the western end of the island is seen as the primary growth area, particularly for small and medium size enterprises, we look forward therefore to the convention … and at the end, to the contribution that it will make to the growth of Jamaica,” Mr. Robb noted.

The JEF, recognised as the voice of the employer in Jamaica, plays a pivotal role in creating a more productive, competitive and harmonious climate in which the country’s business sector can achieve growth.

The sole trade union representing employers in Jamaica, the JEF’s membership spans the spectrum of private enterprise activities in Jamaica, from the micro enterprise to the corridors of big business and quasi government organisations.