Jamaica sweeps prestigious C’bean Microfinance Awards in Miami

Tweet JAMAICAN entrepreneurs and leaders in the microfinance industry won the top awards at the Citi-CMFA Annual Caribbean Microfinance Awards, which brought the curtains down on the 6th Caribbean Microfinance Forum at the Doubletree Hilton Airport Hotel in Miami, Florida between July 6 and 9. Well-known development specialist Maureen Webber, founder and CEO of Development […]

Review of Jamaica’s Economic Performance July – September 2014

Tweet The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) published an economic performance report dated November 19, 2014. The report covesr the economic performance for the quarter July to September 2014. This report covers sectors of the Jamaican economy such as tourism, agriculture, forestry & fishing, manufacture and construction. Here are some of what you will find […]

Jamaica Has a Startup Scene Worth Watching

Tweet When contemplating top tech and startup ecosystems in Latin America and the Caribbean, Jamaica isn’t exactly the first locale that comes to mind. Listed 94th on the World Economic Forum’s 2013-2014 Global Competitiveness Index, the country gets low marks in macroeconomic development (ranked 141 out of 148), quality of math and science education (115), […]

Review of Jamaica’s Economic Performance April – June 2014

Tweet The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) published an economic performance report dated August 20, 2014. The report coves the economic performance for the quarter April to June 2014. This report covers sectors of the Jamaican economy such as tourism, agriculture, forestry & fishing, manufacture and construction. Here are some of what you will find […]

Foreign Business Invested US$567 million in Jamaica in 2013 but Less Than Record Inflow in 2008

Tweet How much money is being invested in Jamaica by foreign companies/countries? Today’s Jamaica Observer revealed some mildly encouraging data in its article “FDIs hit 5-year high for Jamaica.” The article stated that “FOREIGN direct investments (FDI) into Jamaica hit a five-year high of US$567 million in 2013, as investments into the country continue to […]

Decision to use pitched concrete instead of asphalt shingle will save US$2 million

Tweet GORE Homes has opted to use pitched concrete instead of asphalt shingle for its roofs going forward. The developer expects that the use of cement made in Jamaica by Caribbean Cement Company (Carib) will eliminate the need to import US$2 million in construction material, including wood, asphalt shingles and metal tiles for roofing each […]

The Numbers Behind Jamaica’s Economic Performance

Tweet The Planning Institute of Jamaica publishes economic performance reviews that covers the performance of the Jamaican economy for a given quarter. Listed below are links to some of the recent reviews. What do they reveal? These reviews show the performances of different sectors of the economy such as agriculture, fishing, food & beverage, hotel […]

Review of Jamaica’s Economic Performance July – September 2013

Tweet The Planning Institute of Jamaica published an economic performance report dated November 20, 2013. This report covered the performances of different sectors of the economy such as agriculture, forestry & fishing, manufacture, construction and tourism. Here are some of what you will find in the report: Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing The Agriculture, Forestry & […]