NEARLY 200 TECHNOLOGY CENTERS CREATED IN JAMAICA—09/20/14
The Jamaican government has been instrumental in the establishment of 182 information technology (IT) skills training and resource centers across the island. The activity illustrates the government’s commitment to providing Jamaicans with appropriate access to IT. According to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, another 49 IT training facilities will be constructed, in addition to another 150 centers that are awaiting approval to go forward.
JAMAICAN AIRPORTS WARNED ABOUT DOUBLING TARIFFS—09/21/14
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling for authorities in the airline industry to take strong and quick action against proposals to increase aviation fees substantially at the two main airports in Jamaica, Sangster and Norman Manley. Both the airports are proposing increases in tariffs of over 100 percent beginning in January of 2015.
INCREASED GROWTH IN TOURISM ARRIVALS CONTINUES—09/22/14
According to Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr. Wykeham McNeill, the growth in tourism noted in 2013 is continuing in 2014, with the year showing a 2.6-percent increase to date. McNeill stated that tourism is growing from all its source markets. In July 2014, there was a record number of stopover visitors, 221,000.
DEVELOPMENTAL PROBLEMS AMENABLE TO REMEDY THROUGH EXPORTS—09/23/14
According to Densil Williams, a professor of international business and the executive director of the Mona School of Business and Management, exports are key to addressing Jamaica’s developmental problems. He made his remarks during the inaugural professorial lecture “Beyond the Epistemology: International Business as a Development Tool for Small Economies” at the University of the West Indies, Mona.