Articles

February, 2018

This Administration is committed to the economic growth and development of the country. As we seek to advance the growth agenda it is evident that the construction industry has a major role to play in driving the process.

February, 2018

The historical social, cultural, political, diplomatic and economic context of the Jamaica-China relationship provides a critical point of reference that gives texture to the current public discussion about balancing the relationship between both countries.

February, 2018

Against a background of foreign and domestic pressures on the construction industry, this article explores some of the opportunities for the use of low-cost ICTs to enable and enhance what is broadly referred to as "Lean Construction” practices, and looks at the practical experiences of a real-world case study.

February, 2018

Private-Public Partnerships (PPPs) are a vital aspect of the strategic development of the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies. It engages the private sector in funding tertiary education which is a key element in human and national development. It’s a win-win situation.

 

February, 2018

Social Progress Index 2014 done by Michael Porter et.al shows Jamaica, despite having a PPP GDP per capita of US$7083, with a creditable index of 43 out of 132 countries examined.

May, 2017

All major stakeholders in the Jamaican economy agree that economic growth over the last several decades has been at unacceptably low levels. However, there is little agreement about the reasons for this or what is to be done about it. Against that background, this issue of the magazine features five contributions under the theme, Innovation, Productivity and Competitiveness. These are some of the issues that have to be tackled if the country is to acheive levels of growth that can deliver the human and national development that has eluded us for so long.

 

April, 2017

The relationship between innovation leadership and sustainability at the firm level is examined. The analysis is informed by research into the turn around at one of Jamaica's leading organisations, Jamaica Producers Group (JPG).

April, 2017

It is clear that companies in the Caribbean now have to be innovative and competitive because preferential arangements with countries outside the region have disappeared. Available data highlights the urgent need for collaboration among business organisations and for additional resources to help firms innovate in ways that directly improve sales performance and commercial success.

April, 2017

HealthCare sectors in the Caribbean, are often overwhelmed by the immediate challenges of service delivery – specifically, the provision of an acceptable quality of health care service at a reasonable cost. However policymakers and practitioners should not lose sight of significant innovation and entrepreneurial opportunities being created in Healthcare as a result of the Digital Revolution.

April, 2017

The unavailability of accessible micro-finance for new venture creation has been a challenge in many potential entrepreneurs’ lives. Potential youth entrepreneurs have been given nothing more than a promise of microcredit as they continue to struggle to acquire small loans to invest in their business ideas and/or grow their entrepreneurial ventures

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 delivery of a superior customer value is essential to financial firms that operate in a competitive marketplace. The firms must therefore create the business experience that satisfies or exceeds the customer’s expectation.

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.