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May, 2014

The Jamaica Logistics Hub Initiative aims to provide value-added services to assist and enhance global trade and establish Jamaica as the fourth node in the worldwide network of trade and commerce. This involves a largescale approach to re-organizing resources and acquiring new ones

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

Much of the discussion about Jamaica’s favourable prospects of becoming the 4th global logistics hub, emphasize the country’s physical attributes and natural endowments. Little reference, however, is made to a glaring deficiency in the quality of shiprelated and logistics services in Jamaica.

May, 2014

The Goat Islands are two near-shore limestone areas, part of the Hellshire geological feature. Great Goat Island is approximately 96 metres high and Little Goat Island is 27 metres. China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) has identified the area as the site to construct port facilities as part of the Logistics Hub Project. Gordon Shirley explains why the site was chosen. Conrad Douglas says a port on the Goat Islands can be economically positive for Jamaica. Brandon Hay says the construction would contradict years of development planning and would damage this ecologically sensitive area.

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

May, 2014

We were asked to conduct a Scoping Study which is really equivalent to what is known in other development projects as an outline design or a preliminary study. At this stage we are simply asking: What is in this area? What has been its historical use? What is its legal status? What can be permitted in respect of what can be done?

 

May, 2014

A protected area is a geographical space dedicated to or managed for the long term conservation and sustainable use of its ecological systems, biodiversity or other specific,natural, and cultural resources. biosphere reserve should be managed by local stakeholders in partnership with government agencies with the goal of ecological and economic sustainability.

May, 2014

Senior officials in the government argue that changes in global manufacturing, trading and shipping – along with the proposed expansion of the Panama Canal to accommodate the new mega- liners – offer a unique opportunity for Jamaica to become a major player in global logistics. The opportunity is strengthened by a Chinese offer to invest some US $1.5 billion in new port and related facilities. They are bullish on the prospects for jobs and growth. Others say history suggests caution in making assumptions about gains to come from foreign direct investment

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

Raby Danvers 'Danny' Williams is, arguably, Jamaica's most respected businessman with a highly successful career as both visionary and implementer over the half century of Jamaica’s Independence. And he continues to innovate and serve. As the country embarks on the next 50 years of its journey towards economic growth and human development, MSBM Business Review spoke with him about the evolution of Jamaican business since Independence, his role in that process and his expectations for the immediate, uncertain period ahead.

 

December, 2012

As part of its monthly forums with the investor community, Mayberry Investments Limited hosted Conversations on 50 years of Business July 18, 2012 for reflection as well as looking ahead. The presenters were: Maurice Facey (Chairman, Pan-Jamaican Investment Trust Ltd.), Stephen Facey President & Chief Executive Officer, Pan-Jamaican Investment Trust Ltd.),Robert Levy (Chairman, Jamaica Broilers Group) and Christopher Levy (President & Chief Executive Officer, Jamaica Broilers Group).

December, 2012

The Jamaican Government should ensure that there is at least an increase in local jobs in return for providing any of the tax incentives listed above. In particular, the tax incentives should be directly tied to specific areas of job creation and  innovation.

 

December, 2012

The Global Competitiveness Report makes for uncomfortable reading: Jamaica’s competitiveness position has slipped from 63 (in 2006) to 101 (in 2011). Although the number of countries ranked in 2006 moved from 117 to 142 in 2011, Jamaica’s competitiveness position has deteriorated. This decline is manifested in the weak economic growth and, in some cases, negative growth that the economy has experienced over the last four decades and even more-so over the last five years.

 

December, 2012

In recent years, several Jamaican companies have used the Jamaica Stock Exchange as a source for business expansion capital. Using the equity market as a capital structure tool has allowed these firms to build capacity within the midst of the recession which started in 2008, and is, by many accounts, still on-going.