About The Conference

The Development Bank of Jamaica, through the Jamaica Venture Capital Programme (JVCP) has had a strong record of hosting world-class conferences and has been doing so since 2013 when it hosted Jamaica’s first Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference with world-renowned venture capitalist, Paul Ahlstrom of Alta Ventures in the USA.  Since then the Bank has held four other successful international conferences…in 2014, when the keynote presentation was made by Harvard Professor, Dr. Josh Lerner, a renowned private equity expert, and again in 2016 and 2017.

For the 2017 conference, the JVCP collaborated with DBJ’s Public-Private Partnerships & Privatisation Division, to execute Jamaica’s first Private Equity and Infrastructure Development Conference.  The 2019 Conference again recreates this successful collaboration, and is geared at highlighting the readiness and attractiveness of local investment opportunities.

The conference will bring together local, regional and international experts to discuss, deliberate on and examine key issues that will impact the continued growth of Jamaica through infrastructure development, the expansion of our emerging private equity and venture capital markets and the continued growth of the SME sector, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The delivery method is a blend of keynote presentations and fireside conversations, plenaries and roundtable discussions, workshops and market soundings, social and cultural activities and numerous networking opportunities. Appointments and business meetings are part of the mix and can be set up and arranged prior to conference.

Our conference offers exciting opportunities for everyone from the large-scale project developer and investors to the small-medium sized business enterprises to entrepreneurs and startups.

Events of our Conference

Our highly interactive and impactful conference is chockfull of activities and span three days as follow:

Monday, June 10th

Industry Stakeholders Workshops

1:oo p.m – 5:00 p.m

Two workshops are to be facilitated by overseas experts and is aimed at industry players in the areas of PPPP and Private Equity & Venture Capital.  These workshops are by invitations only and will be conducted in an information dissemination and knowledge-sharing environment. Topics to be addressed are geared to enhancing participant’s knowledge and development.

Official Opening Ceremony & Cocktail Reception

6:00 p.m – 8:30 p.m.

Our Officially opening takes place in the Grande Jamaican Suite of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel and will feature short presentations by our Headline Sponsors and an Address by our very special guest.  We are honoured to have the Hon. Minister of State in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation to be delivering the Prime Minister’s Message

Tuesday, June 11th

On Tuesday, June 11, our first day of conference commences with an update of the DBJ’s Public-Private Partnerships & Privatisation (PPPP) and our Private Equity and Venture Capital programmes.  The Hon. Dr. Nigel Clarke, Minister of Finance & the Public Service will deliver the Keynote Address to be followed with fireside conversations, plenaries and roundtable discussions on international best practices, climate resiliency, de-risking, due diligence and fundraising.

The day begins at 8:00 a.m. with registration and ends at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by Networking Cocktails.

Who Should Attend:

Fund Managers, Investors, Large-scale project developers, policymakers, decision makers, consultants, attorneys-at-law, etc.

Wednesday, June 12th

Concurrent Sessions – 1: Market Sounding & 2: SMEs, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Day.  Delegates must select one i.e. either Market Sounding or SMEs, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Day

About Regional Infrastructure Investment Opportunities: Market Sounding 

Join this exclusive Market Sounding session, where project sponsors will provide insights on infrastructure investment opportunities being developed in Jamaica and select Caribbean countries.

Why Attend?

Project Presentations

Participants will get critical information on select projects, directly from sponsors and the consultants as they discuss:

        • The overall objectives of the infrastructure project and its alignment with the Government’s objectives
        • The transaction process and current status of the project
        • The investment opportunity (value drivers and other considerations); and
        • The economic and regulatory framework and other policy initiatives related to the opportunity

Project Range and Diversifying Risks

The projects provide potential opportunities for investors with varying risk appetites. Participants will be exposed to a wide variety of sectors and projects are at varying stages of their development life cycle. Importantly, for projects in the early planning cycle and business case development, potential investors get an early look at the proposed elements of the transaction and will be able to provide feedback to sponsors which will guide the process of successful market engagement. Other investment opportunities will involve project opportunities further along in the development cycle (near commissioning, operational). Projects include greenfield and brownfield projects which will allow private participation through a variety of mechanisms including IPOs, PPP/Concessions.


Sponsors will present projects in:

        • Water and wastewater sector
        • Health
        • Energy (including renewable energy
        • Transportation; and
        • Logistics.

Country Perspectives

Hear Keynote Speaker, Senator Aubyn Hill speak on the role of private finance in Jamaican infrastructure development and Assemblyman Joel D A Jack, Deputy Chief Secretary and Finance from the Tobago House of Assembly, give his country’s perspective on PPPs. Diane Edwards, President of Jampro, brings the Government’s investment agency’s view on why you should invest in Jamaica and infrastructure.

Investment Opportunity Booklet 

One on One Sessions

Who Should Attend?

This Market Sounding will target 150 local and international investors, project developers, multilateral institutions and Government officials to learn more about projects being prepared as investment opportunities.

Investment Opportunities and Speakers

Market sounding will include presentations from:

        • Tobago Opportunities: Health, Transportation and Highway - Giselle Small, Director, Investment and Public-Private Partnership Unit, Division of Finance and the Economy, Tobago House of Assembly
        • Water Opportunities: Water Production, Wastewater and Energy - Mark Barnett, President and CEO, National Water Commission, Jamaica
        • Port and Logistic Opportunities: - Edmond Marsh, Vice President Business Development, Port Authority of Jamaica
        • Health Opportunities: Centres of Excellence in Cancer Care and Dialysis - Dunstan Bryan, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Jamaica
        • Renewables Energy Opportunities: - David Delaire, MPC Renewable Energy, Jamaica
        • Regional Investment Opportunities: - Stephen Gooden, Managing Director, NCB Capital Markets
        • Waste Management Reform Programme: - Lyttleton Shirley, ET Chairman, Solid Waste Management                

This Market Sounding session is limited in space, therefore conference delegates will need to register in advance.

About SMEs, Innovation  & Entrepreneurship Day

SMEs and entrepreneurs are often time referred to as the engine of growth for the nation.  In this segment of our conference our discussions will focus on the adoption of 21st century technologies under the 4th Industrial Revolution, in ensuring that Jamaica plays its part in being a competitive hub for innovative entrepreneurs.  Critical to this section is the funding that is available for SMEs and Entrepreneurs.  Our highly motivated panels and presenters will also delve into the Caribbean entrepreneurs and what and where growth is expected to come from. Funders/financiers will also discuss the attractiveness and readiness of the local and regional entrepreneurs.

The day’s agenda offers valuable advice and information that is not to be missed.

Who Should Attend:

Small-medium-sized businesses, innovators, entrepreneurs, business service providers/enablers and financiers (debt and equity)

Persons attending the SMEs, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Day are being asked to pay only J$12,000

Thursday June 13th

For Tech-entrepreneurs, Tertiary Level Entrepreneurship Students
…Guaranteeing success in the digital economy

Success in the digital economy is the result of intelligence, diligence, planning, tenacity, and belief, something that can be applied anywhere.

This section of our conference is targeted at innovative technology-enabled entrepreneurs, (start-ups and early stage), students of business and entrepreneurship, participants from the National Business Model Competition, corporate and public sponsors, and any other interested parties who want to expand and solidify their position in the worldwide digital economy.    

We will explore modern entrepreneurship as it is practiced in Silicon Valley and how it can be adapted and in other regions of the world.  Participants will be provided with hand-on experiences and have the chance to interact with our world-renowned presenters.  As we enter the 4th Industrial Revolution success in the digital economy is the result of intelligence, diligence, planning, tenacity, and belief, something that can be applied anywhere.

The objective is to catalyse a culture of innovation and dynamic entrepreneurship.

Space is limited