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  • Mr. Robinson is currently representing Jamaica at an inaugural Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ACEIE) retreat in the United States.
  • The exchange is the first activity under the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC) Work Plan for 2014.
  • The forum aims to deepen the interchange of some 100 successful experiences that countries shared in the Signs of Competitiveness in the Americas Reports in 2012 and 2013.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (MSTEM) Hon. Julian Robinson, is currently representing Jamaica at an inaugural Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ACEIE) retreat in the United States.

The exchange, which is being held from April 1 to 5 in North Carolina, is the first activity under the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC) Work Plan for 2014.

The forum aims to deepen the interchange of some 100 successful experiences that countries shared in the Signs of Competitiveness in the Americas Reports in 2012 and 2013. It is also the first innovative entrepreneurship delegation exchange under the High-Level Economic Dialogue.

According to Minister Robinson, the ACEIE provides countries like Jamaica, an opportunity to observe how other countries are developing their technological industries, and partnership arrangements toward developing their economies.

He added that this is consistent with the government’s efforts to establish an ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship noting two related programmes being launched later this year: Start up Jamaica, and the Development Bank of Jamaica’s Venture Capital project.

Mr. Robinson noted that the ACEIE facilitates decision and policy makers, private sector leaders, mayors or senior leaders from major cities, directors of technology and innovation centres in universities, as well as senior leaders of regional economic development partnership groups in the Americas, to examine the outcomes of economic initiatives that have already been undertaken.

“The exchange will put on show, various advances in technology centres, innovation hubs and public-private partnerships and investments in urban and rural America,” Minister Robinson told JIS News.

He said the forum would feature the work of research and development centres in the medical, agro-industrial, manufacturing, and automotive industries in the United States.

Forty-five participants from the Americas, including secretaries of industry, and innovation; directors of national councils of science and technology, Chief Executive Officers, Presidents of Competitiveness Councils, and chancellors of universities, are participating in the seminar.

The Jamaican delegation also includes:  General Manager of the Strategic Services Division at the Development Bank of Jamaica, Claudine Tracey, and Project Manager for the Venture Capital Programme, Audrey Richards.