The Jamaica-Brazil Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism (JBCC), founded on July 1, 2008 in Sao Paulo, Brazil has now been endorsed by the Government of Jamaica.
The endorsement is crucial to the recognition of the legitimacy of the Chamber’s operations by the Brazilian authorities, Jamaica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade said in a statement.
The Chamber is headed by its founder and president, Donovan Mark McFarlane, a graduate of Cornwall College, Montego Bay, St. James.
An educator by profession, McFarlane has dedicated more than 10 years to voluntary missionary work, lending his expertise to education by serving in Japan, England, Poland, Peru and Brazil under the auspices of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, the statement said.
It said the Jamaica-Brazil Chamber was created with the fundamental statutory objective of promoting the common interests of its members in developing and maintaining commercial, cultural and tourism activities between Brazil and Jamaica.
The Chamber further seeks to provide informational resources pertinent to networking opportunities that foster investment and cross-cultural exchanges as a means of contributing to improved understanding and goodwill between the two nations.
Although the Chamber functions independently of the Jamaican government, it enjoys the patronage and support of the Jamaican Embassy in Brazil, the Ministry said.
“Nonetheless, Mr. McFarlane is committed to ensuring that the Chamber, under his leadership, works closely with the Mission to accomplish the desired objectives,” the Ministry added.
JBCC is expected to commence operation in early December 2012 following an inaugural ceremony in Sao Paulo.