Jamaica's optimal development path (Part 2)

DENNIS CHUNG | Friday, May, 25 2018    

After achieving the first step outlined last week — of identifying and implementing initiatives to reduce the major risks to economic growth — the next step for us should be to determine which are the low-hanging fruits we should exploit for development and provide employment and... Read More

Taking on the system

Friday, May, 25 2018    

HARTFORD, United States (AP) — Denia Perez's parents brought her from Mexico to the United States illegally when she was 11. Last month she became among the first of the so-called “Dreamers” to earn a law degree. And now, she and others are using their lawyerly know-how... Read More

Remittances a big business in cash-starved Venezuela

Friday, May, 25 2018    

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The giant metal pots in the kitchen of a drab Bogota cafeteria are filled with simple dishes like vegetable rice. But Edgary Granadillo's delicate arrangement of the plates he sets before rushed lunchtime office workers hints at the finer dishes he once... Read More

Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records to add life to Hip Strip — MoBay businessmen

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, May, 24 2018    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Anticipation is high among business interests that the newly opened Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records (UBT&R) location in Montego Bay will add life to the entertainment scene along Gloucester Avenue, popularly known as the 'Hip... Read More

Economy grows by an estimated 1.2%

BY KARENA BENNETT Business reporter | Wednesday, May, 23 2018    

The Jamaican economy grew by an estimated 1.2 per cent for the January to March 2018 quarter compared to the corresponding quarter of 2017, according to latest data from the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ). Read More

Vaz hopeful of real economic growth by 2018/19 and less unemployment

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter | Wednesday, May, 23 2018    

Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Daryl Vaz, says that despite setbacks in the economy last year, which could result in growth of less than one percent for 2017/18, he is optimistic about real growth beginning in 2018/19. Read More

Patricia Yap: From corner shop cashier to skincare giant

BY DENNISE WILLIAMS Observer writer | Wednesday, May, 23 2018    

Speaking at the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards Foodie Seminar, Dr Patricia Yap shared with the audience her approach to business that is a formula for anyone looking to scale up, no matter where you start. Read More

Unemployment continues to decline

BY KARENA BENNETT Business reporter | Wednesday, May, 23 2018    

Jamaica's unemployment rate continued its downward trend to record 3.1 percentage points, lower than the rate recorded in January 2017. Read More

Special Economic Zones: Who wants to taste a piece of the pie? Part I

BY JEZEEL MARTIN | Wednesday, May, 23 2018    

Many discussions have been taking place in the business community, particularly among Jamaican manufacturers, regarding how they can get a piece of the special economic zone (SEZ) pie so that they may be able to taste the delicious fiscal incentives offered by the... Read More

Jamaican start-ups win top Intl Business Model Competition

Wednesday, May, 23 2018    

Jamaican start-ups Beasc Technologies and Eco-Structures made history by topping the International Business Model Competition (IBMC) held in Provo, Utah in the United States, last week, capturing first and second places, respectively. Read More

The many sides of wealth

With ASHLEIGH ELLIOT | Wednesday, May, 23 2018    

When people speak or hear about the word wealth, they automatically think money. Read More

The right managing partner

by DWIGHT BAILEY | Wednesday, May, 23 2018    

Today's accounting firms are facing unprecedented uncertainty. These organisations have to adapt to increasing political changes as well as embracing the digital revolution, enabling the automation of process-driven activities and transforming their... Read More

H&L targetting better supply chain managment

Wednesday, May, 23 2018    

Home improvement and agricultural supplier Hardware & Lumber (H&L) is targeting new business goals, including increased inventory, better customer service and reduced costs, following its acquisition and rebranding in 2015. Read More

Hurrah for the State of Emergency! —Michele Rollins

BY RICHARD BROWNE Business Editor | Wednesday, May, 23 2018    

U S businesswoman Michele Rollins, whose Rosehall Developments Ltd owns much of the land on both sides of the elegant corridor in Montego Bay, is a big supporter of the s overnment's efforts to control crime in St James with the State... Read More

Bartlett urges greater support for tourism enterprises

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter | Wednesday, May, 23 2018    

Jamaica's Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says there is a need for greater support of small and medium-sized tourism enterprises (SMTEs), in order to ensure the growth and sustainability of the industry. Read More


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