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Opportunities Jamaica 07 – November 28 and 29, 2007 – Ocho Rios, Jamaica

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Viable Business Prospects – Public And Private Sector Combine Efforts To Make It Happen

KINGSTON, OCTOBER 30 Jamaica’s micro, small and medium sized enterprises will have additional opportunities to experience viable business opportunities when a presentation of business prospects will be presented at the inaugural Opportunities Jamaica 07 over a two-day period in November.

With the Government’s plan to continue to attract investments that create jobs, generate prosperity and ensure that that prosperity is shared among the people; a major two-day event will be held to further consolidate this position.

Scheduled for November 28 and 29 at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort & Spa in Ocho Rios, Jamaica Trade and Invest (JTI/JAMPRO) in association with its private and public sector partners will stage an event; which will see a combination of workshops seminars, exhibitions of goods and services and business matchmaking sessions.

President of the agency, Robert Gregory was adamant in saying “we must provide an environment where local and international investors can interact and have a better understanding of what is required and how best to meet these needs.”

JTI is hoping it can help to “signal to the multinationals operating in Jamaica that Today’s Jamaica Means Business, that is, serious about meeting the needs for services and supplies.”
Executive Director of Trade and Business Development at (JTI/JAMPRO), Lisa Bell, added “it is a comprehensive event, which allows small and medium enterprises operating throughout the island, to be aware and take advantage of opportunities,”

Mrs. Bell also added, “we believe that there is a new paradigm that is required in the private sector. there are some dynamic opportunities that are either available or are becoming available and we want to let business persons, who are interested in growing the economy, know that these opportunities exist.”
The agency is also targeting the Diaspora. The agency sent a team to a recently held symposium in New Jersey and has brought back positive feedback about the upcoming Opportunities Jamaica ’07.
What is the two-day event all about?

Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Karl Samuda will open day one with an outline of government’s priorities for local and foreign direct investments.
The symposium will also feature sectoral presentations and a number of plenary sessions.
Day one will close with a creative industries showcase, which will highlight the capabilities that exist within the industry and targets potential buyers of those capabilities.

An exhibition will also be staged, which will highlight local companies’ products and services, along with Business Matchmaking, “most sought after event”. Mrs Bell noted that is the part of the session where partners hope for results in partnerships.
Other key players will be the Private Sector Development Programme, Development Bank of Jamaica and National Commercial Bank.
The event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on both days at a total cost of $5,000. Special discount packages will be provided for members of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Association, as well as students.

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