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UN is investigating the shooting of radio journalist Laraque Robenson

first_img Another journalist murdered in Haiti HaïtiAmericas HaïtiAmericas News Help by sharing this information Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice April 8, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 UN is investigating the shooting of radio journalist Laraque Robenson Organisation October 11, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Haïti to go furthercenter_img News David Beer, the head of the civilian police component of the UN mission in Haiti announced yesterday that an investigation is under way into the circumstances in which journalist Laraque Robenson was fatally injured in a shootout between former soldiers and UN peacekeepers on 20 March in the southern town of Petit-Goâve. In the week following the incident, UN investigators went to Robenson’s radio station in Petit-Goâve, Tele Contact, to question staff._______________________________6.04.05-Journalist dies from gunshot woundsReporters Without Borders voiced dismay today at the news that Haitian journalist Laraque Robenson, 25, of radio Tele Contact died in a Cuban hospital on 4 April from gunshot wounds he received two weeks earlier in the southern Haitian town of Petit-Goâve in shooting between UN peacekeepers and former soldiers occupying a police station.”We convey our sincerest condolences to Laraque Robenson’s family and the staff at Tele Contact,” the press freedom organization said, noting that Robenson died in similar circumstances to Spanish journalist Ricardo Ortega, who was fatally shot on in March 2004 in Port-au-Prince.”This tragedy once again exposes the situation of anarchy in Haiti, where armed bands are escaping the control of the United Nations Mission for the Stabilization of Haiti (MINUSTAH), and as long as this continues, neither journalists’ safety nor press freedom will be guaranteed,” Reporters Without Borders said.The organization called for a thorough investigation to determine who fired the shots that caused Robenson’s fatal injuries. It also wrote to the UN security council, which is due to visit Haiti from 13 to 16 April, asking it to clarify MINUSTAH’s role in his death.Robenson was taken to a hospital in Cuba for treatment to the two gunshot wounds he received to the head and neck during shooting that took place on 20 March when MINUSTAH peacekeepers used force to remove former soldiers from the police station they were occupying in Petit-Goâve.Two former soliders and a Sri Lankan peacekeeper will killed in the shootout, which Robenson followed from the balcony of Tele Contact.Tele Contact director Fred Jasmin told Reporters Without Borders: “There was fierce fighting. I was in the stairway with some of my colleagues. We wanted to go on to the street to interview a man who had been hit in the thigh. We could not go out. Suddenly we heard cries from upstairs. We went up and found Laraque on the floor, unconscious.”Jasmin claimed that Robenson was hit by shots fired by MINUSTAH peacekeepers. “There are the ones who fired,” he told Reporters Without Borders. “It seems they carried out an investigation but we were never told anything.” Jasmin also criticized the passivity of the Haitian authorities. “No officials from the justice ministry or interior ministry ever came to the radio station after the shooting, and the police did not contact MINUSTAH,” he said. Tele Contact intends to file a complaint against the government and MINUSTAH. “For that, we are waiting for the return of Laraque Robenson’s family from Cuba,” he said. Receive email alerts Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti November 14, 2019 Find out more RSF_en News News June 11, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Oxford announces LGBTQ+ lecture series

first_imgOxford University is to launch a new twice-yearly lecture series, The Michael Dillon LGBTQ+ Lectures, at St Anne’s college, to facilitate discussions around LGBTQ+ issues and inspire the university body.The series is named in honour of alumnus Michael Dillon, who was the first person in the country to undergo hormone treatment and gender reassignment surgery. He studied at St Anne’s college (then known as the Society of Home Students) during the 1930s, where he read Classics, before training as a physician at Trinity College, Dublin and becoming a transgender rights pioneer. Following his transition, the University Registrar agreed to alter his records to state that he had graduated from Brasenose, which was then all male. Following the unwanted press attention he fled to India to study Buddhism before passing away aged 47 in 1962.The series is being presented in collaboration with the charitable organisation Frontline AIDS, who in 2019 provided 2.6 million marginalised and vulnerable people with HIV tests. They also work alongside the Elton John AIDS Foundation to provide grants to marginalised LGBTQ+ people, sex workers and drug users who struggle to access support for HIV via their Rapid Response Fund which operates in 47 countries.An online event to launch the series will be held on Wednesday 18th November and is entitled ‘LGBT Rights in a Time of Pandemic’. Guests for the launch event include Lord Smith of Finsbury, the first openly gay MP and cabinet minister and Juno Roche, the writer and trans rights campaigner .The names of the guest lecturers are due to be announced shortly, and the organisers hope to hold the lectures in person once it is permitted.One of the series’ organisers, Dr Robert Stagg, said: “We wanted to invite lecturers from fields other than academia, who can bring their expertise and experience to the students and staff of the University and the general public.“I hope that the lecture series will highlight the range of LGBT+ achievement to all students, but particularly to students who fall within that broad coalition of identities, and that lectures will yield conversation about LGBT+ subjects that manages to be at once passionate and considered.“It is heartening to find strong institutional support for the lecture series, which will be one of Oxford’s flagship events in the years to come. It is particularly important that the University is naming a major lecture series after one of its trans alumni, and that it is committed to giving voice to trans speakers and audience members.” Image credit: Pxherelast_img read more

Rev. Jeff Mosier Leads “Symphony Of Gratitude” For Col. Bruce Hampton At Suwannee Roots Revival [Videos]

first_imgAt the first Suwannee Roots Revival since the death of Col. Bruce Hampton, longtime friend and band mate Rev. Jeff Mosier assembled an all-star team band for a “Symphony Of Gratitude” to the beloved Suwannee fixture. The passing of Hampton earlier this year left a gaping hole in the heart and soul of the jam music community. The Atlanta-based musician had been a fixture at events around the nation, but he was known to truly love the Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park and that feeling was always returned ten fold.Hampton’s sudden loss has been making waves from the second he fell, inspiring emotional performances all around the nation. Though time might have begun to heal the wounds, the joy the Col. created will surely live on for decades to come. Thanks to the efforts of the Rev. Mosier along with Tyler Neal, Ian Newberry, Nick DiSebastian, Dante Harmon, Michael Smith, Kathie Holmes, Franher Josep, John Mailander, Fiddlin’ Faye Petree, Mark Chester, Darren Stanley, Eddie King and more, the music lived on in an emotional Sunday afternoon show.Members of the Col.’s many recent projects, including Madrid Express, Pharaoh’s Kitchen and the Quark Alliance, packed the Suwannee Amphitheater stage with bodies and love as they played a wide range of beloved songs the Col. had made his own. Though it would be understandable if the music had turned maudlin, the sheer exuberance and joy the players showed throughout the tribute was far more fitting a remembrance. From the opening dedication to the raucous frenzy of the closing “I’m So Glad,” there was a true sense of the energy Col. Bruce had brought to the park dozens of times in the past. We’re honored to share these magic moments of love and respect with you and to add our voices to the chorus in saying “Thank you Col. Bruce…we love you!”“Cosmic Sound-There Was A Time”“Ain’t Nothing You Can Do”“Hate To See The Children Cry”“Space Is The Place”“Cry Me A River, Cry Me A Sea”“Roll On Buddy, Roll On”“I’m So Glad”[Cover photo by Josh Webster]last_img read more

Raiders make Rivers’ last dance in Oakland an unhappy one?

first_imgThe language directed toward Rivers by Raiders fans over the years has had its share of four-letter words, and worse. When the Raiders host the Los Angeles Chargers … OAKLAND — Derek Carr and Philip Rivers speak the same language.They just happen to leave out some of the same words.Wide receiver Tyrell Williams played his first four season catching passes from Rivers and now plays for the Raiders.“It’s amazing,” Williams said. “As competitive as they are, they don’t curse.”last_img read more

The five-minute foldaway house

first_img24 November 2006When a fire in an informal settlement at KwaMbonambi in KwaZulu-Natal left scores of shack dwellers homeless, entrepreneur Rajan Harinarain came up with a solution, in the form of a foldaway house – complete with door, two windows and electrical fittings – that can be erected in five minutes.This week, Harinarain launched the patented dwelling developed from his concept together with the Zululand Chamber of Business Foundation, which will market the structures and provide the facilities for its mass manufacture at the chamber’s Community Park in Alton, Richards Bay.And the government has come to the party. Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, who attended the launch in Alton, has called on South Africa’s municipalities to make use of the temporary dwelling to provide quality accommodation for people affected by floods and fires.“Between the time that people are struck by disaster, and we are able to provide permanent shelter, is an uncomfortable time for any victim,” Sisulu said, describing Harinarain’s invention as “a celebration of innovation in problem-solving.”The waterproof, 14 square metre dwelling comes with two windows and a wooden door and weighs little more than 800kg, providing the basic requirements for emergency shelter.Made from galvanised metal, it is easily transportable, being just 24 centimetres high when folded, and can be erected by a handful of people in under five minutes.The container-like, modular structures can also be joined to provide accommodation for large families, as well as modified to include insulation and heat extractors.Zululand Chamber of Business CEO Bongani Mqaise told The Mercury that it would be help Harinarain to market the invention both in South Africa and beyond the country’s bordersThe foldaway house would also serve while permanent structures were put up to replace shacks in informal settlements and urban inner-city renewal projects, he said.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Sharpeville remembered

first_imgA gathering at the Sharpeville Memorial in the Gauteng township to pay tribute to those who died in the violence. (Image: Emfuleni local municipality)  On 21 March, Human Rights Day, South Africa remembered the Sharpeville massacre of 50 years ago, when police clashed with crowds protesting against unjust apartheid laws. Sixty-nine people were killed and close to 200 injured in the demonstrations.The watershed event was commemorated peacefully, in stark contrast to the bloody confrontation of the day.This year about 5 000 people came together in Sharpeville, a township near Vereeniging about 50km south of Johannesburg, to pay tribute to those who gave their lives for the country’s liberation struggle. Of the 69 who died, 10 were children and eight were women, and all were unarmed.As the horrific events at Sharpeville were unfolding, protesters in the Western Cape’s Langa township, some 1 600km away, also came under police fire and tear gas assault, and two people were left dead.The government retaliated by declaring its first State of Emergency and banning the African National Congress (ANC) and Pan Africanist Congress (PAC). This fateful decision led to the ANC taking up arms against apartheid through its military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe.Remembering the fallenDeputy President Kgalema Motlanthe was present at the commemoration, which took place under the theme “Working together we can do more to protect human rights”. He attended a service at the local Catholic church and laid wreaths on the graves of Sharpeville victims during a hymn service.“The Sharpeville and Langa massacres were a tipping point in that they triggered revulsion and disgust locally and internationally,” said Motlanthe, revisiting the events of 50 years ago. “The government of the day responded by banning the ANC and PAC and this precipitated the end of the non-violent struggle and brought to bear an advent of the armed struggle by the liberation movement.”Motlanthe also pointed out that demonstrations of that time were peaceful and that people didn’t set out to loot shops or burn cars, unlike the protesters of today who seem to think nothing of destroying private and public property.He urged those with grievances to use the democratic channels available to them, and to voice their protests without resorting to violence.Like 50 years ago, many members of today’s Sharpeville community are poverty-stricken and dissatisfied, and protests against poor service delivery are a part of life.“To adequately commemorate the victims and survivors of the Sharpeville massacre and other bloodbaths, we must ensure the progressive realisation of the socio-economic rights as envisaged in the Bill of Rights,” said Motlanthe, adding that government and its social partners must work harder to improve the quality of life of all South Africans, by providing shelter, basic amenities, education, and security.Nationwide protests against the passAlthough the apartheid system would not fall for another 30 years, the tragedy at Sharpeville was the beginning of its demise. International condemnation was swift and severe and led to disinvestment from South Africa, the country’s global isolation and eventually, the end of the Nationalist apartheid regime.The Nationalist government, during its reign, had imposed ludicrous laws and restrictions on black people, intended to control their movements and isolate them from fellow South Africans of other races. One of these was the stipulation that black people working away from their homes, mostly in white areas, had to carry a pass book.The pass law was enacted in the early part of the 20th century, but was most visibly and cruelly enforced during the tenure of the apartheid government, which came to power in 1948.The pass was a type of identification document that carried the personal information of its bearer, including their name, photograph, address, fingerprints, criminal and tax records, and name of employer. In essence, the pass showed that they had permission to move about in white areas. Under the law of the time, an employer could only be a white person, and he or she sometimes entered an evaluation of the employee into the pass book.The pass laws at first applied only to men, but before long they were extended to include women. Travelling to other areas without a pass book was a huge risk, because of the possibility of arrest and imprisonment.This was a degrading experience for black people, and understandably it was met with great resistance. Both men and women rebelled, leading to ongoing demonstrations and many thousands of arrests.The ANC-led Defiance Campaign against unjust laws was launched in 1952, in collaboration with the party’s ally, the South African Indian Congress, with whom it had signed a pact of mutual support in 1947. The idea here was that people would deliberately break the pass laws and then give themselves up to the police, in the hopes that cells would become crowded and the police system overloaded. All race groups were involved.The campaign didn’t have the desired effect, and the ANC decided to draft an entirely new Constitution for South Africa. This led to the adoption of the Freedom Charter in 1956, which was outlawed by the government as part of a plot to replace it with a communist state. Government action led to the arrest of 158 activists, and the subsequent Treason Trial.In August of that same year a group of 20 000 feisty women marched on the Union Buildings, the seat of the government, in Pretoria. Singing the now-famous struggle song “Wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo!” (Zulu, meaning “strike the women, strike the rock”) they showed their outrage at the pass laws. The event is now remembered on 9 August, South Africa’s National Women’s Day.Boiling pointHowever, all this strife was like a simmering cauldron about to boil over, and in 1960 that is exactly what happened. The PAC, a newly formed breakaway group of the ANC, demonstrated on 21 March of that year in Sharpeville under the leadership of the charismatic Robert Sobukwe.The PAC and ANC had been vying for support from the people, and the PAC got wind of an ANC anti-pass march, scheduled for 31 March. The former decided to strike first and planned their march for 10 days earlier.Sobukwe led a contingent of PAC comrades in a march on the police station at Orlando, Soweto. Here he admitted guilt to being in an area other than what was stipulated in his pass book, and offered himself up for arrest. He was sentenced to three years in jail but when his term was up, at the discretion of the justice minister his imprisonment was renewed on an annual basis for a further three years. This was the controversial so-called Sobukwe Clause, implemented as Article Four of the General Law Amendment Act of 1963.At the same time, at various spots around the country, and particularly in the Gauteng township of Sharpeville, about 50km south of Johannesburg, marchers were preparing to descend on police stations and hand themselves over in a repeat of Sobukwe’s actions, or for not carrying their pass books at all.At the sight of the thousands of marchers, police in Sharpeville panicked and shot into the crowd. They were reportedly on edge because of the killing of nine police members in Cato Ridge, KwaZulu-Natal, just a few weeks before. The police later claimed to have been attacked first by stone-throwers, but as many of the wounded were shot in the back, this claim is refuted.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, set up in 1995 to investigate atrocities committed on both sides during the apartheid years, found that police actions were the cause of the massacre.“The Commission finds that the police deliberately opened fire on an unarmed crowd that had gathered peacefully at Sharpeville on 21 March 1960 to protest against the pass laws,” said its 1998 report.The despised pass laws were eventually repealed in 1986 under the leadership of the late state president Pieter Willem (PW) Botha.Today Sharpeville is also remembered as the place where former president Nelson Mandela signed the new Constitution in December 1996. The document came into force in February 1997.last_img read more

Facebook’s New Pages Feed Corrals Brands — And Gives Brand-Fatigued Users Some Space

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#advertising#business#Facebook#social media The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts taylor hatmakercenter_img It might not be enough to keep Mark Cuban from jumping ship, but a new Facebook feature aims to put brands front and center — sort of. The company just rolled out a special “Pages only” feed, where brands are on full display without letting any of those pesky Facebook friends get in the way. The feature lets you access the new view on your News Feed homepage by clicking “Pages feed” on the left-hand side.  Though Page owners might be nominally pleased by the gesture, it’s hard to imagine what might inspire a Facebook user to hop over to the new view. Facebook says the new brand-only feed makes it “even easier for people to keep up with the Pages they care about most.”Corraling Pages into their own pen could at least ease some psychological brand weariness among users, a flavor of fatigue that’s already begun taking its toll on brands and users alike. “The purpose of this whole News Feed algorithm change was really because we saw the incidents of people hiding stories … or marking stories as spam has gone up, and we really want to keep News Feed as engaging a place as possible for people,” a Facebook spokeswoman said.Survey Says: People Don’t Want To See Ads In Their News Feed. Who Knew?According to a poll of almost 2,000 Facebook users in the U.K. this July, 34% of respondents reported liking multiple Facebook pages, but still hiding them from their News Feed. Some 53% of those polled thought that Facebook had become “too commercial,” citing sponsored posts, brand pages and ads clogging up their feeds. A poll by Reuters and Ipsos in the same month suggested that 34% percent of Facebook users were spending less time on the site than they had been six months ago. In the same study, four out of five people reported that they’d never been swayed to buy a product or service by a Facebook brand page, post or advertisement.Facebook insists that the median reach of Pages hasn’t decreased so much as leveled off. The company also reports that users have been hiding fewer stories and flagging fewer posts as spam following the algorithm remix.“We’re giving users more choice for what content they want to see. Knowing that the average user has 130 friends, they’re probably connected to a bunch of Pages, whether it be news outlets or games or apps or brands. It’s really a way to house all of that content but surface the most engaging things to them.” Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Another chance meeting sparks rematch talk

first_imgHOLLYWOOD—Manny Pacquiao shook hands with Floyd Mayweather Jr. as he walked past his seat at Staples Center during Monday night’s NBA game between the Warriors and the Lakers.That latest stroke of serendipity stirred speculations of a sequel of the duel between the two biggest draws in boxing in 2015, which reportedly earned $600 million.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Broner overjoyed silly that he survived ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Fernandez also frowned at the list of possible Pacquiao foes who he felt are “too young, too big and too hungry.”Among the opponents being lined up for Pacquiao include Australian Jeff Horn, who defeated him in 2017 in Brisbane, Premier Boxing Champion mainstay Danny Garcia, and Keith Thurman, the WBA “super” welterweight champ.Reports said Pacquiao may also challenge the winner between Errol Spence and Mikey Garcia, two of the young turks in the division who will clash on March 16, or whoever wins in Terrence Crawford-Amir Khan battle on April 20.“We will fight these big guys and if we beat them what do we gain?” said Fernandez. “But if they beat us, we lose more.”Every talk about the next fight, though, will always be in the shadow of a rematch with Mayweather. But neither  Pacquiao nor his undefeated American rival has confirmed there are serious talks of a rematch. Mayweather didn’t even react when Pacquiao on Saturday night called him out.“I have the title, I’m still active. If he wants to come out of retirement, announce it and challenge me,” said Pacquiao.Mayweather Promotions’ Leonard Ellerbe said Mayweather is content living in retirement.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Mayweather, in his capacity as promoter of the Pacquiao-Broner, was also present during fight night and even had a short chat with the Filipino ring icon.Pacquiao, however, said their meetings were all coincidental.But his chief trainer, Buboy Fernandez, admitted that they want to have another go at Mayweather, if only for Pacquiao to have a do-over of his underwhelming performance in 2015.The eight-division champion claimed he was nursing an injured shoulder in losing to Mayweather via unanimous decision.“We are not here in America to start a career,” said Fernandez in Filipino. “We have proven ourselves.”ADVERTISEMENT Talks for that fight also began when both fighters ran into each other in an NBA game.This time, though, Pacquiao and Mayweather did not engage in small talk, but that hasn’t stop fans from counting sightings of the two in the same venue, which now stands at four.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIt started in September in Japan when the American broached the idea of a rematch while they attended a music festival.After Japan, the two superstars chanced upon each other in an NBA Heritage Game a week before Pacquiao handily defended his WBA welterweight crown against Adrien Broner. MOST READlast_img read more

Minister Bartlett Fetes 2018 Junior Schools Challenge Quiz Finalists

first_imgTourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, recently hosted a reception for members of the winning 2018 TVJ Junior Schools’ Challenge Quiz team, Mount Airy All-Age School, and runner-up, Broughton Primary School.The students and their coaches, principals, and parents were feted in fine style at the Royan Hotel in Negril, Westmoreland.Both schools are located in Westmoreland, which is the parish of the Minister’s birth.Mr. Bartlett, in commending the schools, noted that their success is “worthy of recognition”.He emphasised that the students demonstrated to other youngsters across Jamaica that they are capable of achieving at the highest level in whatever engagement is undertaken.Tourism Minister, Hon Edmund Bartlett, speaking at a recent reception hosted for 2018 TVJ Junior Schools’ Challenge Quiz competition finalists, champions – Mount Airy All-Age School, and runners-up – Broughton Primary School. Meanwhile, the schools’ principals expressed appreciation to Minister Bartlett for recognising the hard work and success of the students and their coaches.Mount Airy’s Principal, Karen Anderson McKenzie, described the gesture as a “sentimental experience”.“For him to take time out to be here, to give us this acknowledgement, I am feeling good. I am sure that my staff and students are feeling good and it really gives us a push to say ‘listen, if you work hard, you will achieve and you will be recognized’,” she noted.Her Broughton Primary counterpart, Marva Davis Clarke, who was overwhelmed, told JIS News that it is an honour for students, teachers and parents to be recognised for their hard work and success in the competition.Team Captains, Nathaniel Sinclaire of Broughton Primary School (second left), and Tianrae Barnes of Mount Airy All-Age School (second right) cut a congratulatory cake during a reception hosted by Tourism Minister, Hon Edmund Bartlett, at the Royan Hotel in Negril, Westmoreland, on February 7. Sharing in the moment (from left) are Coach at Broughton Primary School, Deandra Whyte, Executive Director, Tourism Product Development Company Limited, Dr. Andrew Spencer, and Coach at Mount Airy All-Age School, Andrea Campbell.“When I came in and saw this lovely setting and realised the Minister of Tourism did this for us, I was really very happy. It is good that when you work hard, you are shown the appreciation,” she stated.Mount Airy All-Age school lifted the 2018 Junior Schools Challenge Quiz Trophy after contesting the December 11 final with Broughton Primary.last_img read more

Bright Future for MSMEs in Jamaica – State Minister Ffolkes Abrahams

first_img Opportunities Jamaica seeks to promote opportunities between local suppliers of goods and services and buyers. Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, sees a bright future for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Jamaica, as they create and maintain jobs in communities, through support from JAMPRO’s Business Linkages Programme.She said that when business linkages are sustainably developed along practical commercial lines, MSMEs stand to benefit from increased employment and wealth creation, access to new domestic and/or foreign markets and opportunities to upgrade, innovate and increase competitiveness, among other things.The State Minister, who was addressing the opening ceremony of JAMPRO’s two-day business linkages event: ‘Opportunities Jamaica 2013’ at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James on September 30, said that the programme is in keeping with the national effort towards the strengthening of business synergies in the economy.“The presence of all the various private and public sector stakeholders here today reaffirms our shared belief in the power and value of forging sustainable business linkages,” she stated.Opportunities Jamaica, which is being held under the theme: ‘Establishing partnerships for Success,’ seeks to promote opportunities for mutually beneficial partnerships between local suppliers of goods and services and targeted local and overseas buyers.It is the signature event of JAMPRO’s Business Linkages Programme, which has performed creditably over the past five years, by facilitating contracts valued at over $2 billion.Minister Ffolkes Abrahams noted that the impact of these business linkages is far-reaching as they are primarily focused on expanding the growth of MSMEs, which would help to create and maintain jobs in the communities in which they operate.“The Ministry …which has portfolio responsibility for the MSME sector, is fully cognisant of the important role that MSMEs play in our economic development.  The catalytic potential of the sector in this regard has made it an area of high priority on the national agenda, with great attention being paid to the various ways in which the country can enhance the viability and competitiveness of the sector,” she stated.Turning to the MSME and Entrepreneurship Policy, which was tabled in the House of Representatives in July this year, the State Minister said that this represents a significant step in establishing a framework for growth and survival of the MSME sector.“The policy document seeks to inculcate a deep-seated culture of entrepreneurship in MSMEs, reduce bureaucracy to improve the ease of doing business, build capacity and improve timely and relevant support by forging strategic partnerships and linkages with key sectors in the society,” she stated.The aim, she said, is to create “greater win-win business synergies between MSMEs and buyers, which will ultimately benefit the local economy.”More than 140 local buyers and some 20 regional buyers from across the region, have converged on the Montego Bay Convention Centre for targeted business matchmaking, particularly in the tourism/hospitality sector.  The event ends on October 1. State Minister predicts a bright future for MSMEs through support from JAMPRO’s Business Linkages Programme. Story Highlights When business linkages are sustainably developed along practical commercial lines, MSMEs stand to benefit.last_img read more