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  • JPC will host a two-day conference in observance of Productivity Awareness Week, October 7 to 11.
  • The conference is to provide learning opportunities and valuable information on productivity.
  • The conference is being hosted against the background of Jamaica’s current economic challenges.

The Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) will host a two-day conference in observance of Productivity Awareness Week, October 7 to 11.

To take place at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on October 8 and 9, the conference is to provide learning opportunities and valuable information on productivity for employees at all levels, in private and public sector organizations.

The opening ceremony will be held on October 7, with the keynote speaker being Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller.

The conference is being hosted against the background of Jamaica’s current economic challenges, and will address research findings from a productivity study, conducted by the JPC. The findings indicate that Jamaica’s productivity levels must improve substantially, if the country is to compete successfully in the global marketplace.

Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, held at the agency’s Half-Way Tree Road offices on September 24, Director and Senior Productivity Specialist in the Technical Assistance Service Unit, Tamar Nelson, said participants can expect learning opportunities through interactive symposiums with notable speakers, who will present at the conference.

Ms. Nelson said presenters will share their productivity improvement experiences in the areas of measurement, proven productivity improvement philosophies, practices and techniques and the use of innovativeness to improve productivity.

The conference will feature notable local and international speakers, including Japanese Productivity Specialist, Tadaoki Kihara; Country Representative, Inter-American Development Bank, Jamaica, Therese Turner-Jones; US Based International Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing expert, Albert Lettman, and Vice President First Global Bank, Janet Robertson.

Ms. Nelson explained that the conference will also incorporate side bar discussions with presenters, interactive exhibitions, and practical productivity improvement techniques for organizations as well as present networking opportunities.

“Participants will receive information on the critical drivers of productivity within countries and organizations, and strategies will also be prescribed for improving productivity performance at the level of both country and firm,” she noted.

For further information on the conference and to register, persons can contact JPC at 922-1598, email npaw.jpc@gmail.com or visit their website at www.jpc.com.jm.