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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.

 

December, 2012

The acid test of system sustainability comes not when things are going well, but when things are going badly. This  is the situation with the Euro Zone (EZ for short) where the current common currency arrangement is failing this test. More to the point, the Euro Zone, as we know it, will be  significantly different by the end of calendar 2012.

This article on the future of the Euro considers three questions. First, what are the requirements for a sustainable currency area and did the Euro meet them? Second, what can be done to avert a breakup of the EZ? Third, what are the implications for the Caribbean and more specifically, Jamaica?
December, 2012

The challenge of development confronts us in every sphere of value-creating enterprise and endeavour in Jamaica. We ask why is it so difficult to get things done and to find competent people to engage in the process of development and wealth creation. Those of us who have broader frames of reference, compare how easily and efficiently transactions are concluded in an increasing number of overseas jurisdictions, and praise the productivity and know-how of their workforces. It could be reasonably argued that their core success/failure ingredient is an educated, and therefore trainable, population.

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, 2012

As we reflect on, and in many cases, have good reason to celebrate various aspects of the development of the social, cultural and economic life of independent Jamaica, it is indeed appropriate that we take time out to consider the role that Information & Communications Technology has played in our social and economic development; and more importantly, as we look towards our Vision 2030 Goals, the increased significance of the role that ICT must play as a driver of national growth and development. In this presentation, I will provide the government’s perspective, beginning with the historical context..

December, 2012

The Recent ruling by supreme Court Justice Bryan Sykes rejecting the exclusivity of the JPS licence may very well prove to be a catalyst for terminating the endless debate and inciting genuine transformation in electricity sector.