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MSBM Business and Management Conference November 8-10

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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The Mona School of Business Management (MSBM) will be focusing broadly on the role and impact of finance in enterprise development for its third annual Business and Management Conference scheduled for November 8-10.

It will feature national, regional and international scholars who are writing and researching on a range of business issues, as well as practitioners who are grappling with these issues daily.

Information available from the MSBM says that this year the conference aims to frame scholars and practitioners as partners “in rigorously interrogating the theory and practice of business and management, with a particular focus on the challenges faced by small developing states”.

The event, which is being held under the theme 'Driving Transformation, Finance, Enterprise Development and Wealth Creation', will be held at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay.

Main speaker at the opening ceremony on November 8 will be Sagicor Group Chairman Richard Byles, who was also co-chairman of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee.

Byles has been credited with the growth of Sagicor through a series of acquisitions, the most recent being the purchase of the banking operations of RBC Royal Bank Jamaica. Prior to his tenure at Sagicor Group, he was the president and CEO of Pan Jamaican Investment Trust Limited (PanJam).

A special feature of the conference is the incorporation of panels, which will include prominent members of the private sector, along with regulators and academics discussing current and relevant topics affecting the financial sector.

The panels will cover nationally and regionally relevant topics such as 'The Disruptive Implications of New FinTechs on Traditional Banking and Finance', 'Overcoming the Hurdles of Raising Capital: A Closer Look at the Constraints and Solutions to Accessing Credit Financing for Small & Family-Owned Businesses', 'The Evolving Role of Mutuals in the Caribbean Financial Services Landscape', and 'Business Renewal, Continuity & Re-engineering'.

Panellists will include noted business professionals such as Courtney Campbell, president of VMBS; Rikert Allen, senior general manager of NCB; and other stakeholders including president of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union Senator Kavan Gayle.

A special Business Roundtable will be held on the second day of the conference, which will feature Rita Humphries-Lewin, chair of Barita Investments; Marlene Street-Forrest, managing director, Jamaica Stock Exchange; Mariame McIntosh Robinson, CEO, First Global Bank Limited; and Audrey Richards, coordinator of the Jamaica Venture Capital Programme, Development Bank of Jamaica.

The conference will end with a special plenary focused on the tourism sector, which will be headlined by hotelier Christopher Issa. The panel will incorporate members of the local fraternity under the theme 'Partnerships for Renewal of Jamaica's Tourist Capital'. It will be chaired by T'shura Gibbs, president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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