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  • Business operators urged to focus on employing strategies for growth.
  • There are opportunities for businesses to expand and figures indicate that a number of operations in Western Jamaica are growing.
  • The Expo, for the first time, will be free to the public over all three days.

President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nathan Robb, has made a call for business operators to focus on employing strategies for growth.

He noted that despite challenges in the economy, there are opportunities for businesses to expand and figures indicate that a number of operations in Western Jamaica are growing.

“While we might not have…the larger industries such as manufacturing, we do have several business process outsourcing (BPO) companies based here,” he said, noting that the BPO sector is a mass employer in the region.

Mr. Robb was speaking at a Think Tank on Thursday, September 26, at the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) Montego Bay Regional Office, ahead of the chamber’s annual Expo slated for the Montego Bay Convention Centre from October 11 to 13.

“We must begin to see growth  as an incremental step in expanding our businesses, our services, our products…if you are able to employ two more persons, you have grown, and that is what we say, do more, be more,” he said.

“If you are able to employ four more persons, the spin-off effects directly to the individuals and the economy is far great,” he added.

The Expo, which for the first time, will be free to the public over all three days, is being held under the theme: ‘Services Globalization…Enabling Business Development.’ It will serve as an avenue to showcase products and services that are offered by business persons from Western Jamaica, and other parts of the island.

Focus will be placed on logistics, food processing, hospitality, education and training, and the financial services sectors.

Mr. Robb said that there will be opportunity for business-to-business interactions and there will be a wide array of exhibitions from local and overseas businesses.

He said that the Expo has been successful over the years, as “we have helped to assist businesses to expand their markets, to access necessary goods and services.”

“Jamaica, having celebrated 50 years of Independence, stands on the threshold of modernity, and the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry is positioned to assist in Jamaica achieving this modernity, so Expo 2013 is an opportunity to showcase goods, services, and all that we would need to ensure that growth is achieved, and the modernity is achieved,” Mr. Robb stated.