The Jamaica USA Chamber of Commerce (JAUSACC) in association with Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) will host its Trade & Investment Forum and B2B Matchmaker Conference on October 6th from 8:30 am to 5:00 p.m. at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, 3800 NW 11th Place in Lauderhill, Florida.
Minister Daryl Vaz Keynote speaker
Jamaican Government Minister, Daryl Vaz, Member of Parliament and Minister of Economic Growth and Job Creation will lead the delegation from Jamaica. Vaz will deliver the keynote address at the Recognition & Installation Luncheon from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Minister Vaz is expected to speak on current Jamaican economic development initiatives and how members of the Diaspora can participate.
“We want the Jamaica USA Chamber and members of the Diaspora to know the Government of Jamaica fully supports their efforts to promote Brand Jamaica. We are always eager to engage with the Diaspora to provide information on the Government’s plans and opportunities for them to share in Jamaica’s vast economic growth,” the Minister stated.
Global Trade Forum
Mrs. Berletta Henlon Forrester, JAMPRO’s Market Development Manager, will lead the Global Trade Forum to take place from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. JAMPRO discuss matters relevant to trading of products and services, establishing business linkages, establishing a business in Jamaica, and business development opportunities that JAMPRO’s partnership with the Jamaica USA Chamber can address. The Global Trade Forum will feature presentations from other Jamaican delegates.
Morant Bay Urban Center
Lyttleton O. Shirley, Chairman of Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ), will present four major projects, including the Morant Bay Urban Center, a 365,000 sq. ft. redevelopment of the old Good Year factory that has been dormant for many years. Shirley and several members of the FCJ Team will be available to hear from, and meet with, persons interested in investment and rental space opportunities with FCJ in this commercial complex, and in other projects underway throughout Jamaica.
Other Global Trade Forum presenters include: Mrs. English Gosse, Esq., Registrar General of Jamaica. The Registrar General’s Department is reaching out to the Diaspora and wants to meet with persons who may have birth certificate and similar issues that may be hampering their immigration procedures.
Business Financing will be a major issue of discussion. Presentation of opportunities made by both U.S. and Jamaica-based institutions. Mrs. Lisa Bell, Managing Director of the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of Jamaica will join the Jamaican delegation to discuss financing of two-way trade and investment deals. She will be joined by U.S. EXIM Bank Director, Tamara Maxwell, based in Washington DC, who will present financing programs for exports to Jamaica by Florida and other U.S. based small businesses. Other financial presenters include representatives from Jamaica National Building Society and Victoria Mutual Building Society, based in Florida.
The U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce, MBDA Export Center will provide information. and help persons register for FEMA and post-hurricane disaster loan application assistance. The SBA has disaster loans available at very low interest rates. Businesses may borrow up to $2 million. Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $200,000 for physical damage or economic injuries, resulting from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
“Jamaica has a strong history of producing world class quality products and our Chamber is delighted to partner with JAMPRO, the Government of Jamaica, and the U.S. Department of Commerce to showcase Brand Jamaica, and help the general community. We anticipate a very successful conference,” stated Marie Gill, President of the Jamaica USA Chamber.
The Trade Forum and B2B Expo will provide a one-stop opportunity with a wealth of business resources for financing, contract opportunities with government and corporations; franchising; exporting, and identification of trade and investment opportunities with Jamaica.
Interested corporations, small businesses and individuals looking for products and services of a high standard; looking to engage in international trade, joint ventures, or to meet one-on-one with expo exhibitors to discuss potential partnerships, and negotiate for business opportunities, can achieve these in one location, at the “Doing Business with Jamaica” Conference on October 6th.
The cost to attend the Luncheon with Minister Daryl Vaz, is $50. There is no charge to attend the Global Trade Forum or to meet one-on-one with presenters. Exhibitor Booths are on a first-come, first-served basis.