Articles

November, 2018

He entered the year 2018 with a brand new title: Chief Executive Officer, Sagicor Investments Jamaica Limited and Senior Vice President of the Sagicor Group, seemingly a weighty responsibility for such a young man!

 

 

November, 2018

Unleashing the power of the stock market will drive wealth creation by funding ventures that local banks are not inclined to support adequately.

 

November, 2018

Economic transformation requires shared national vision and leadership from all sectors and institutions regardless of which party holds the reins of power.

November, 2018

This article discusses the business models of two mutual firms in Jamaica with a view towards answering one critical question: What strategy should Jamaican mutual firms adopt to avert or reverse declining financial health? Observations span a period of nine years to obtain a long-term picture of financial performance. The firms examined are the Community & Workers of Jamaica Cooperative Credit Union Ltd. (C&WJ) and the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS).

November, 2018

The IDB says crime and corruption cost the Jamaican economy some four percent of GDP so any talk about serious economic growth must address this issue squarely.

November, 2018

The vision of economic independence is not unattainable. Jamaica, over the last decade, has made some strong structural, fiscal and monetary transformation towards building a stronger and more resilient economic system.

 

November, 2018

Substantial funding is available for social enterprises but many of them are not cashing in because they lack the capacity to absorb and use the funds properly.

November, 2018

For some time now traditional financial institutions have been facing disruptions in their business model as new technologies facilitate major changes in customer perceptions and expectations. How are the banks responding?

November, 2018

Business executives increasingly consider information to be one of their most important competitive weapons, but few organisations have any sense of the value of their Data & Information assets.

November, 2018

One of the first objectives in dealing with the changing global environment must be on preparing the workforce for a virtually unknown world in which they must possess the technical skills to survive in this new world of work. Also, our education system must seek to graduate new entrants into the workplace with attributes which provide critical thinking, global awareness, and digital literacy.

February, 2018

One of the new breed of young, Jamaican business people is Karl Tulloch. In tune with the energy and drive of the generation now emerging to take charge of Jamaica’s future, he is business savvy, articulate and confident.

 

February, 2018

Government remains steadfast that its aspirational goal of five percent growth in four years (“5 in 4”) remains achievable despite underperformance in the first year of the strategy. Much of the optimism is based on expectations in the bauxite/alumina sector, new investments in tourism and BPO and other plans in the pipeline. One acknowledged area of great potential is the construction sector. Against that background, this issue of the magazine features excerpts from four presentations at a recent Business Roundtable on Construction as a Driver for Economic Growth.

February, 2018

Domestic contractors, contrary to what some might want to believe, are not asking for any special favours or to ban foreign contractors. What we ask is to be given an opportunity to carry out our business in a fair way in our country.

February, 2018

Our study conducted by Mona School of Business and Management, (MSBM) in June 2017, revealed that the leaders of local construction firms perceive that public sector delays, Government procurement policy, cost of financing, and company debt burden are among the main impediments to growth of the sector. Along with policy changes, we suggest several strategies, including adoption of Lean Construction techniques to increase efficiency.

February, 2018

It cannot be that the Jamaican construction industry that designed and built the National Stadium, Conference Centre, New Kingston, and the Bank of Jamaica is being told that in order to redevelop Downtown Kingston and construct the new Parliament building, we have to get foreign expertise to build. It is full time to review the policies that we have pursued over the years.