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Published:Sunday | December 21, 2014 | 12:00 AMNeville Graham
File Chief executive officer of Kingston Wharves, Grantley Stephenson is among those expected to participate in the Mona School of Business and Management international conference in January 2015.

Plans are in high gear as members of the business and academic communities prepare to descend on Montego Bay, St James, for the first international conference on business and management under the theme, 'Breaking the Barriers: Enterprise, Competitiveness, Growth and Development'.

The conference takes place in the first full week of business for 2015, running from January 7 to 9 at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort. The Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) is spearheading the effort.

Executive director of MSBM, Professor Densil Williams, said, "The aim of the conference is to attract national, regional and international scholars who are writing and researching on issues in the discipline and its sub-disciplines, as well as practitioners who are grappling with these issues on a daily basis. This is the first of a series that will frame scholars and practitioners as partners in the task of rigorously interrogating business and management theory and practice in the light of Caribbean reality."

Researchers, business practitioners and public-sector representatives from more than 17 countries are expected to participate in the conference, exploring issues such as financing MSMEs, export-led growth, diaspora entrepreneurship and investment, entrepreneurship, competitiveness and economic development, and leadership.

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Minister of Industry, Commerce and Investment Anthony Hylton will open the conference on January 9, while David Storey, professor at the Department of Business Management and Economics at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, will give the keynote address on January 9.

Major sponsors include Kingston Wharves Limited and the Shipping Association of Jamaica, who have partnered with the MSBM in hosting a special session titled 'From Shipping to Logistics: Trading in the Information Age'. Other key sponsors include Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited and the Gleaner Company Limited.