Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller will deliver the keynote address at the Opening Ceremony of the Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF) 2015 to be held in Montego Bay from March 10-12, 2015. Other speakers of note at the three day event include Anabel Gonzalez, Senior Director for Global Practice on Trade and Competitiveness at the World Bank, Jon Habeski, Senior Vice President of Product Design and Service at Vistaprint, Jacques Nyssen, Head of Export Finance at Commerzbank AG and Dr. Alejandro Werner, Director of the Western Hemisphere Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The event, which is being spearheaded by Jamaica’s Trade & Investment Agency, JAMPRO, will bring together 150 global, C-Suite Executives and investors from identified growth sectors of the economy - Tourism, Logistics, Manufacturing, Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO), Agribusiness and International Financial Services - with key local industry leaders from both the government and business arenas, at a strategic forum aimed at boosting foreign direct investment into Jamaica.

According to JAMPRO President, Diane Edwards, “The event forms an important part of the Government’s thrust to expand its relationships with international business leaders, build awareness about Jamaica as a place to do business and mobilize investment in strategic sectors of the economy. Our strategy is to immerse these investors in a forum that pairs carefully constructed plenary and breakout sessions with ample opportunity for networking and experiencing the Jamaican business proposition.”  

Edwards adds that the response to date from investors has been promising, confirming that well over half the available spaces have already been secured by companies across all strategic sectors from countries as far as Turkey, Dubai and South Africa and includes a formidable mix of global hotel chains, outsourcing entities, logistics interests, health care companies, and entrepreneurs.

The last Jamaica Investment Forum staged in 2012 targeted 75 international investors but saw over 100 attending and progressed some US$500M in foreign investment projects. The JAMPRO President indicates that this year’s Forum is well on the way to surpassing these targets. She also congratulated the wide spectrum of private and public sector entities that have come on board and partnered with JAMPRO to ensure the successful staging of a venture that stands to significantly enhance the nation’s economic development. These include partners such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Digicel, Commerzbank, Scotiabank, Development Bank of Jamaica, First Global Bank, Hyatt Ziva, Civil Aviation, Kingston Wharves, Caribbean Export, Price WaterhouseCoopers, HEART NTA, the Urban Development Corporation, the Jamaica Tourist Board, Wisynco, Wray & Nephew and Main Events Limited.

The Jamaica Investment Forum 2015 will be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre while the official conference hotel will be the Hyatt Ziva Resorts.

Published Date: 
Thursday, January 22, 2015
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