US embassy more than visas
For many Jamaicans, the United States Embassy has long been nothing more than the place where one applies for a visa to visit family and friends whether for vacation or permanent residency. But for emerging entrepreneurs, it can be much more, according to political officer Bion Bliss.
The commercial office is so named because it does offer a range of services designed to promote business between locals and Americans.
“We try to ramp up and enable American investors to come down here and look at opportunities in Jamaica. We have an office that tries to connect them with distributors, budding entrepreneurs, small companies and the like,” Bliss disclosed on Friday. He was addressing a function in recognition of the Jamaican recipients of the 2017 Young Leaders of the Americas fellowship.
STRONGEST TRADE PARTNER
Prosperity for the United States, as well as Jamaica, is very much in keeping with the long-term bilateral interest, given that the North American country is the island’s strongest trade partner.
“We are here to help,” Bliss told the youngsters.
“Maybe you’d like to get plugged into a lot of that activity in terms of how you can develop those networks and relations, plug into programmes on economic issues.”
The opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises do not extend to financial, Bliss acknowledged, while touting potentially significant value of the networking, training and learning opportunities that could translate into tangible economic benefits.
Seven Jamaicans have been nominated to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit to be hosted jointly by the United States of America and India from November 28-30 in the Indian city of Hyderabad.