On 17th March 2011, at 51 Buckingham Gate, London, Developing Markets Associates and Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) hosted the UK-Jamaica Investment Forum 2011.
The highly acclaimed event was attended by some 150 delegates whom were given an official welcome by HE Anthony S Johnson, Jamaican High Commissioner to the UK. Opening remarks were made by HE Howard Drake, UK High Commissioner to Jamaica and Hon Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Chairman, JAMPRO.
Sessions were chaired by Lord Bill Morris of Handsworth, House of Lords and Dianne Abbott, MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group Jamaica, amongst others. Amongst a list of distinguished speakers, the conference was addressed by senior ministers of the Government of Jamaica, including Hon Karl Samuda, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism and Hon Dr Christopher Tufton, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries; and leading representatives from the business and investment community such as Earl Jarrett, Managing Director JNBS, Miguel Fluxa, Owner of Iberostar, Levi Roots, Entrepreneur, Dr David Lowe,Chairman, Agriculture Investment Corporation and Sancia Bennett Templer, President, JAMPRO.The conference was supported by Blue Mountain Coffee, Development Bank of Jamaica, Grace Foods Ltd, Jamaica National, Urban Development Corporation and Victoria Mutual.
The Third Annual UK-Jamaica Investment Forum
London, 17thMarch 2011
8.00am – 9.00am
Registration and Refreshments
9.00am – 9.30am
Official Opening of the 2011 UK-Jamaica Investment Forum
The National Anthem of Jamaica Official Welcome: HE Anthony S Johnson, Jamaican High Commissioner to the UK
Opening Remarks: His Excellency Howard Drake, the UK High Commissioner to Jamaica and Hon Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Chairman, Jamaica Promotions Corporation
9.30am – 11.00pm
Session 1 – Investing in Jamaica: Infrastructure Development, Privatisation and ICT Parks Jamaica’s solid infrastructure for foreign direct investments, as demonstrated in its- modern shipping facilities and ports of entry, advanced telecommunications and financial services, well developed road and highway networks, and human capital assets and talent, anchors its growing reputation as the hub for FDI in the Caribbean; this session will showcase a number of significant opportunities to invest in the island’s burgeoning investment base.
Chair – Lord Bill Morris of Handsworth, House of Lords, British Government
• Hon Karl Samuda, Minister of Industry, Investment & Commerce
• Joy Douglas, General Manager, Urban Development Corporation, Jamaica
• Denise Arana, General Manager-Direct Client Relationships, Development Bank of Jamaica
• Damian Obiglio, CEO, Jamaica Public Service Co
• Claude Duncan, Vice President, JAMPRO
Q & A session
11.00pm – 11.30pm
11.30pm – 1.00pm
Session 2 – Investing in Jamaica: Tourism World renowned for its hospitality industry, the island is actively diversifying its tourism product, promoting its wide array of attractions, and breaking new frontiers in wellness and medical tourism. In this session, several investments in the tourism sector across the island will be presented.
Chair – Atam Sandhu, Chief Executive, Developing Markets Associates Ltd
• Hon Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Government of Jamaica
• Sancia Bennett Templer, President, JAMPRO
• Earl Jarrett, Managing Director, JNBS
Q & A Session
1.00pm – 2.30pm
2.30pm – 4.00pm
Session 3 – Investing in Jamaica: Agriculture and Agro-Processing Jamaica has large tracts of arable land for growing the most flavourful foods in the world and a vibrant manufacturing and agro-processing industry that cater to the discriminating palates and tables around the world with some world class products. This session will introduce investment opportunities in Jamaican coffee, cocoa, spices, and fresh produce.
Chair – Diane Abbott, MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group Jamaica
• Hon Dr Christopher Tufton, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Government of Jamaica
• Dr David Lowe, Chairman, Agricultural Investment Corporation
• Peter de Bruyne, Director, Blue Mountain Coffee
• Jeffrey Hall, Group Managing Director, Jamaica Producers Group
Q & A Session
4.00pm – 4.30pm
4.30pm – 6.15pm
Session 4 – Investing in Jamaica: Creative Industries, Film and Sports Legacy
Jamaica’s world-famous cultural personality impacts every facet of life on the island. Jamaica’s unique gifts to the world in music, the fine arts, film, sports and a myriad of cultural endeavours, have given the island a distinct global relevance. Jamaica 50 and Meet Jamaica 2012 are powerful cultural initiatives targeting UK/European markets and beyond.
Chair – David Jessop, Director, Caribbean Council
• Kim-Marie Spence, Film Commissioner and Creative Industries Manager, JAMPRO
• Jan Ryan, Director, UK Arts International
• Mykaell Riley, Head, Music Production, University of Westminster
• Paul Gladstone Reid, CEO, Jamanga
• Yvonne Deutschman, Film Producer, ‘One Love’
• Levi Roots, Entrepreneur and Musician
Q & A Session
Presentation of 4 trailers: ‘Better Mus Come’; ‘64’; ‘Cabbie Chronicles’; ‘Small Island’
6.15pm – 6.30pm
Closing Remarks Claude Duncan, Vice President of Investment Promotions, JAMPRO
6.30pm – 7.30pm
For event pictures, view the gallery here