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  • The St. James Parish Council has joined forces with the Montego Bay Community College for the staging of the inaugural Western Jamaica Economic Forum.
  • The event will take a holistic approach to examine development and business opportunities, which are aimed at charting a growth path for the four western parishes of St. James, Hanover, Westmoreland and Trelawny.
  • The forum is being staged with significant support from the major stakeholders in the four parishes, including the Parish Councils, which have each contributed $200,000.

The St. James Parish Council has joined forces with the Montego Bay Community College for the staging of the inaugural Western Jamaica Economic Forum, to be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in Rose Hall, St. James, on Wednesday, November 26.

Speaking at the Press launch for the forum on November 11 at the Council’s Chambers in Montego Bay, Mayor, Councillor Glendon Harris, said the event will take a holistic approach to examine development and business opportunities, which are aimed at charting a growth path for the four western parishes of St. James, Hanover, Westmoreland and Trelawny.

Mayor Harris pointed out that western Jamaica contributes significantly to Jamaica’s growth and stability, especially through tourism, agriculture, manufacturing and information technology.

He said the forum is being staged with significant support from the major stakeholders in the four parishes, including the Parish Councils, which have each contributed $200,000.

“It is very encouraging that the major stakeholders in the four parishes, led by the Mayors, are fully on board with this economic forum and have pledged their support. We have to come together to share experiences and ideas, particularly on issues surrounding commercial and social opportunities across markets and we must seek to improve our relations as a step towards fine tuning our development,” the Mayor added.

Mr. Harris said the vision is that the Western Jamaica Economic Forum will further help to structure policies and conceptualize positive programmes for the region, based on the amalgamation of unique commercial, educational and business structures that will stimulate growth and other value added activities.

“We must seek to create employment. We must seek to create opportunities for our business people…we must seek opportunities to work together as we approach a new era with a more unified global perspective,” he said.

The forum has  also received support from a number of public and private sector companies, including Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO),  Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA),  and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), among others.

The theme of the forum is: ‘Improving capacity for sustainable growth and development’.

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