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MSBM to host business and management conference

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Prof Densil Williams

The University of the West Indies' Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) is fine-tuning arrangements for its first international conference on Business and Management to be held January 7 to 9, 2015.

The conference is slated for the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Conference is being held under the theme, Breaking the Barriers: Enterprise, Competitiveness, Growth and Development. Minister of Industry, Commerce and Investment Anthony Hylton will be opeing the conference and providing remarks, while David Storey, professor at the Department of Business Management and Economics at the University of Sussex, UK will present the keynote address on January 9.

Professor Storey is one of the most cited authors on small business and is the highest ranked non-US scholar on entrepreneurship. Between 2001 and 2005, he was appointed by the UK Secretary of State for Trade and Industry as a Member of the Small Business Council which advised the government on small business policymaking. He has also undertaken work for many overseas governments and organisations. Professor Storey's presentation will focus on key strategies for making Jamaica more entrepreneurial.

ADVISING THE GOVERNMENT

"I will draw upon my experience in advising governments throughout the world on effective policy measures to stimulate enterprise in all sections of society," he said.

Other prominent speakers and participants will include Arnaldo Brown, foreign affairs and foreign trade state minister; Don Wehby, GraceKennedy CEO; Marlene Street-Forrest, general manager of the Jamaica Stock Exchange; Professor Densil Williams, executive director of MSBM; Mark Kerr-Jarrett, managing director of Barnett Limited; Grantley Stephenson, chairman and CEO of Kingston Wharves Ltd; Indera Sagewan-Alli of the Trinidad-based Centre for Competiveness; Megan Deane, CEO of Creditinfo Jamaica Limited; Dr Kadamawe Knife, head of the Office of Social Entrepreneurship; and Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee, director of the Mona GeoInformatics Institute.

Professor 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 the 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," he said. Dr Indianna Minto-Coy, conference co-chair and panel convenor, noted that "researchers, business practitioners and public sector representatives from over seventeen countries are expected to be at the event, providing a vibrant space for knowledge exchange across these key sectors".

The conference promises to provide a platform for engaging business and academia on some of the ongoing, new and emerging themes in the field of business and management, interrogating these through the lens of small states. Among the key panels will be presentations on financing MSMEs, export-led growth, diasporic entrepreneurship and investment, and economic development and leadership.

Major sponsors include Kingston Wharves Ltd 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.