Articles

April, 2017

Diasporans (foreign born population and their off-springs maintaining relations to their country of origin) are vital sources of investment, innovation and entrepreneurship illustrated by locations such as Silicon Valley, Berlin, Taiwan and Republic of Korea. Likewise, Jamaican and Caribbean, with large diaspora populations, can also drive more investments from this source into the region given an enabling environment.

April, 2017

For more than three decades successive governments have promised major transformation of the public sector to make it more efficient and cost effective. Despite minimal success, these efforts have failed to achieve their majour objectives. Now it appears that the domestic and external conditions are aligned to make success possible.

April, 2017

The Jamaica Open Data Portal, launched in 2016 is designed to be a central online location for the publication of government data. It holds huge potential for business and researchers to use data to realise national development goals.

April, 2017

Ensuring stable electricity rates at low enough prices to encourage production for sustainable economic growth is the stated goal of the National Energy Policy (2009-2030). A key element of the policy is diversification of fuel sources to include renewables.

January, 2016

The term “Big Data” is no longer confined to the foreign vernacular of scientists, technologists and geeks. Business and technology executives in public and private enterprise need to appreciate what it is, understand the opportunities and implications for their organisations

January, 2016

Data are the lifeblood of decision-making and the raw material for accountability. Without high-quality data providing the right information on the right things at the right time; designing, monitoring and evaluating effective policies becomes almost impossible.

May, 2014

The discussion about the logistics hub has been characterized, in the main, by too much misinformation and disinformation. This is unfortunate because it runs the risk of damaging potential, damaging a tremendous opportunity and we can talk ourselves into gridlock over this opportunity

May, 2014

This symposium provides an opportunity to share some thoughts and dialogue on a very important issue in our 51st year of Independence. We need to think about the ways in which we can collectively collaborate to achieve objectives.We have to think about how we convert these large visions and dreams into a reality within the context that we operate in.

May, 2014

The more we learn the more questions we still have. I sense an underlying fear in many peoples' minds that the logistic hub project will perpetuate a historical pattern of foreign investment in export activity that is unfriendly to the environment and does not benefit the ordinary Jamaican.

May, 2014

Because of the size and scope of the the project, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) examined various locations and determined that the Goat Islands was the best and most cost effective location to achieve the objectives they contemplated

December, 2012

Exploring how Jamaica can create a roadmap to guide the country to eventually realizing its very strong potential to be a leader in the world's US $113-billion sports industry.

 

 

 

December, 2012

Jamaica's pre-Olympic Training Camp in the English city of Birmingham offers a template for exploiting transnational business opportunities between Jamaica and the Diaspora.

 

 

December, 2012

 The Key to an organizational culture in which ideas flourish is to be found in the ability of the leadership to embrace and manage divergent points-of-view. Hence, effective leadership rests on developing the capacity to manage disagreement and to live with challenge; regrettably, this capacity is often lacking in both political and business environments.

December, 2011

 A study by Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) offers evidence of the performance gap between JPS power generation and other domestic power producers; ranks the JPS distribution operations among the least efficient in the region for total distribution losses, non-technical losses and reliability; and places JPS in the group with the highest electricity prices. At issue is whether modifications to the current operations of JPS and changes to the orientation of regulation could deliver significant short term benefits by way of lower electricity prices.

December, 2011

 The continued operation of all four alumnia plants in Jamaica, including even the most efficient, CAW, depends on the industry having a long-term source of competitive energy as well as resolving certain bauxite reserves issues. Two actions are necessary to achieve these objectives: Substituting oil with a cheaper fuel and making the necessary investments to accommodate the new fuel; making the necessary investments to improve the efficiency of whatever fuel is used.