VPAJ is now emerging from a strategic reflection and planning process over the past several months. Drawing on the lessons learned from the recently-completed Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) training, we are re-orienting VPAJ to become an SBDC specialising in the markets for the creative & tech industries in the Caribbean.
From Dec12 to Mar13, Jamaica’s Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce (MIIC) facilitated a training programme for directors, officers and other stakeholders involved in small business development in Jamaica. The four modules were delivered by the International Trade Centre/USTA, itself a specialised Small Business Development Centre: Cliff Paredes (Director), Douglas Smith (Assistant Director), and Barbara Mooney (International Trade Consultant).
Last month, Akiko Tomita joined as VPAJ as a Research Coordinator. Focusing on market opportunities for the creative & tech community, she has already started on mapping Kingston with a view to exploring new possibilities. She will shortly start looking at a number of overseas markets, including Japan and possibly China.
In the final of the three VPAJ/British Council Storytelling events held last year - “Storytelling Across Different Media” - VPAJ’s creative community was invited to discuss the use of stories in film, animation, music, dance, writing and tech-related ventures. Also present were two UK storytellers, invited to Jamaica by the British Council: Jan Blake and Michael Kerins
infoDev, a department of the World Bank, is implementing the Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC) in partnership with the Canadian Government. With an overarching aim to promote economic diversification and productivity in the region through supporting technology-based entrepreneurship, EPIC seeks specifically to foster the gr
George Meikle, a Jamaican author, was recently the featured guest on the iCAN Caribbean Author's Network Radio Show. Hosted by Lena Joy Rose - herself an author and publisher - iCAN aims to serve as a platform to share the stories of the region’s authors.