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Published:Friday | January 9, 2015 | 1:00 AMJanet Silvera
Janet Silvera Photos President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nathan Robb (left), being introduced to Professor Neville Ying (right) by Junior Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Arnoldo Brown (centre) at the launch of the inaugural Business and Management conference of the Mona School of Business and Management at UWI Western Jamaica campus on Wednesday night.
Janet Silvera Photo From left: Professor Densil Williams, executive director, Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM), shares lens time with UWI, Mona, Western Jamaica campus director, Dr Luz Longsworth and Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton.
Janet Silvera Photo From left: Dr Indianna Minto-Coy, chairman of the conference, shares lens time with Professor Evan Duggan, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, UWI-Mona and Dr Lila Rae-Graham.
Janet Silvera Photo Silburn Clarke (left) and Parris Lyew-Ayee engage in conversation.
Janet Silvera Photo President of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), William Mahfood, Distinguished Business Fellow, Minna Israel and Professor David Storey are in a light mood.
Janet Silvera Photo Caribbean Producers Jamaica's chief revenue officer, Dr David Lowe chats with Montego Bay attorney, Camille Royes.
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WESTERN BUREAU:

Campus director of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Western Jamaica Campus, Dr Luz Longsworth, and her staff outdid themselves by successfully executing the launch of the Mona School of Business and Management's (MSBM) inaugural international conference on Wednesday.

Longsworth and her team pulled out a full amphithreatre of conference attendees and well-wishers on the grounds of the western campus.

It was also a night of pride, as it was president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, William Mahfood, making his maiden speech since taking up the mantle.

The MSBM had brought together some of the greatest minds in business, investment and commerce, while drink sponsor, Caribbean Producers Jamaica, had them 'unwine' with some of the best wines available in this country.

Knowledge sharing

It would be safe to say that the group of academics shared their knowledge for the two-day event, which ends today at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, the host hotel, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.

Luz Longsworth, not known to remain quiet, and mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris, welcomed the conference attendees, with Longsworth lauding the MSBM for finding the balance between academia and industry practitioners in the programme.

"This is the true role of the University of the West Indies, and, indeed any university, to provide a space that is conducive to the fertile exchange of ideas and practices that will ultimately lead to an improvement in the quality of life of our citizens," she said.

Holding the conference in Montego Bay, she said, was also a recognition of the university's commitment to move outside of its physical walls, "to quote the late professor Nettleford, 'bring the university to the people'".

Even more significantly, the conference is being held in Montego Bay where the business community is growing rapidly in large and small enterprises.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com