Who's Who in Jamaica Business 2013-2014, was launched last Wednesday at the JAMPRO office, Trafalgar Road. An impressive group from the Jamaican business sector was present for the occasion.
The 122-page magazine is a new annual business-to-business publication aimed at increasing connectivity in Jamaica and showcasing the leading organisations and their leadership teams to the local, regional, and international corporate and investment communities.
Guest speaker and Industry and Investment Minister Anthony Hylton during his presentation said the publication is timely, noting that it will prove to be an excellent and important resource for business leaders, as well as actual and potential investors - local, regional and global.
Diane Edwards, newly appointed JAMPRO boss, acknowledged the continuing emergence of the world economy from the global economic crisis. She noted that Jamaica's own emergence would require Government in partnership with the private sector to resort to 'out-of-the-box' thinking to formulate creative growth and development strategies.
"I congratulate Cousins Publishing and the participating companies for sharing a vision of delivering a high-quality publication to promote Jamaican business and support foreign direct investment," Edwards said.
Paul Lewis, co-publisher of Who's Who in Jamaica Business, echoed similar sentiments, noting that the expectations are for Jamaican businesses to use it as an integral tool in making business connections locally, regionally and internationally in order to unleash Jamaica's growth potential and introduce a means of forging meaningful business ties.
"The publication is meant to be disruptive and to encourage competition. Nearly 100 of Jamaica's top companies and organisations - large and small; old and new - are included. Newer companies, new brands, innovative services, growing businesses, newly merged businesses, institutions of higher education and public-sector organisations are all present," Lewis said.
The magazine will not be available on newsstands. It is currently being distributed across the business community. It will also be featured in foreign embassies and high commissions in Jamaica, across the world, throughout diaspora associations worldwide, conferences, conventions, trade shows, airport first-class lounges, and locations locally, regionally, and internationally.
A state of the art website - whoswhojamaica.com - is currently in the final phase of development and will be launched in the coming weeks.