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  • The Government is to spend approximately $27 million on the ‘Implementation Support for Skills Development for Global Services’ project, during the fiscal year 2019/20.
  • Details about the project are provided in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
  • The main objective of the project is to promote the growth of the Global Services Sector in Jamaica, particularly in higher value-added segments. The project intends to provide the sector with better skilled workers and increase Jamaica’s institutional capacity to attract Foreign Direct Investments and increase exports.

The Government is to spend approximately $27 million on the ‘Implementation Support for Skills Development for Global Services’ project, during the fiscal year 2019/20.

Details about the project are provided in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

The main objective of the project is to promote the growth of the Global Services Sector in Jamaica, particularly in higher value-added segments. The project intends to provide the sector with better skilled workers and increase Jamaica’s institutional capacity to attract Foreign Direct Investments and increase exports.

Targets for 2019/20 under the project include furnishing of a Project Execution Unit office space; procurement of computer and office equipment; hosting additional stakeholder meetings and consultations; delivering an update of job readiness curricula; holding an industry validation workshop; undertaking a study of the Global

Services Sector industry to establish a baseline for firms with the potential of participating in the project; and undertaking a survey of cultural perceptions towards the Global Services Sector.

Up to December 2018, the project established a Project Execution Unit with a Programme Director, Financial Specialist, a Procurement Specialist and a Project Assistant; undertook the revision of a Project Operations Manual; and hosted stakeholder workshops with the Business Processing Industry Association of Jamaica, HEART Trust/NTA, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; and Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO).

The project is funded by a grant from the Inter-American Development Bank.