Wednesday, June 12

SME’s and Entrepreneurs & Investment Opportunities

7.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m

Jamaican and Caribbean Economies facing the Fourth Industrial Revolution

7:30 - 8:30 am

Breakfast event – Invitation only

7:30 – 8:30 am


Session I - The Jamaican and Regional Markets: Setting the stage for growth

8:30 – 8:50 pm

Welcome & Partners' Opening Remarks

8:50 – 9:20 am

 Keynote Address: Science, Technology and Innovation

 Driving the economy in the new Jamaica…Vision of Kingston as a smart city.

 Questions & Answers

9:20-10:15 am

Kingston as a Smart, Creative City


Making it a reality.

Panel Discussion

Key stakeholders…planners, policy makers, ICT and energy partners explore the key issues and opportunities for Jamaican SMEs, innovators and investors in a smart, creative city? 

10:15 - 10:30 am

Coffee Break

Session II - Opportunities for Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Investments

10:30 - 11:00 am

Presentation - The 4th Industrial Revolution

  Conversation with The Vault

11:00 - 11:45 am

Conversations on the Economy:

Spotlight on Jamaica: After the IMF Program, macroeconomic stability allows for the emergence of new opportunities for SMEs, innovators and investors and a vision for sustainable growth.

Questions & Answers

11:45 - 12:45 pm


 Assessing the readiness of entrepreneurs and the responsiveness of Caribbean Capital Markets.

 Innovative entrepreneurial ecosystems in the Caribbean:

 Stakeholders weigh in on the regional realities and the pathways for competing globally.


 Facilitated discussion

12:45 - 1:45 pm

Networking Lunch

Session:  III

1:45 -2:15 pm 

Post lunch conversation with a Caribbean success story:

Mindset of a Champion/Legend… learning from valuable lessons and never giving up…


2:15 -2:45 pm

Ports and Logistics (Jamaica)

 Development of Near Port Lands

A national strategic project by GOJ providing the capacity to tap into the large volumes of transshipment cargo passing over the port and will provide value-added and logistics services.

2:45 - 3:15 pm


Technology Transfer: The missing link between science, companies and innovation

Panel Discussion:

3:15 -3:30 pm

Coffee Break

Session IV: Financiers, techies and entrepreneurs

3:30 - 4:10 pm

Roundtable Discussion: Tech Entrepreneurs speak up… challenges, successes, opportunities for the future…Jamaica and the Caribbean creating opportunities to go global.

4:10 – 4: 50 pm

Female Innovators:

Achieving growth in uncharted waters in Jamaica and the Region…

4:50 – 530 pm

Panel Discussion: Funders – Angel Investors, Venture Capitalists & Creating a Caribbean Model

Does the current Jamaican and Caribbean landscape call for our own innovative funding solutions and investment structures rather than adopting models from other countries and regions?

5:30 - 5:35 pm

End of Day: Wrap up

5:35-7:00 pm

Networking Cocktail



8.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m


7:30 - 8:25 am


8:25 – 8:30 am

Chairperson Introduction

8:30 – 8:35 pm


8:35 – 8:45 am

Opening Remarks
Infrastructure PPPs: The Small Island State Perspective

Small island economies experience unique challenges in creating bankable Public-Private Partnerships in infrastructure. How has Tobago managed these challenges and leveraged opportunities to develop infrastructure?

8:45 - 9:00 am

Why Jamaica? Why Infrastructure?

Jamaica is becoming an increasingly attractive destination for infrastructure investment (Renewable energy projects, NMIA, KCTs, LNG plant). Why?

9:00 - 9:20 am

Keynote Address
Environment for Private Participation in Infrastructure Expansion & Economic Growth

What are the economic drivers and challenges underpinning the Government’s robust approach to infrastructure development in Jamaica? What is the Government’s view on the role of private finance in executing its infrastructure programme and how is it facilitating these private investments?

9:20 - 9:50 am

National Water Commission

The Government of Jamaica (GoJ) is assessing projects aimed at increasing access to potable water, improving wastewater treatment services and improving the viability of the NWC operations. Private participation is being considered for:

  • Northern Parishes Non-Revenue Water Reduction Programme
  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects
  • Soapberry Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion

9:50 - 10:10 am

Health (Jamaica): Centres of Excellence in Cancer Care and Dialysis

The GoJ is seeking to improve the access and quality of oncology and nephrology services in Jamaica utilizing existing world-class equipment at the St Joseph’s and Cornwall Regional Hospitals. The business case is underway and private participation is contemplated.


10:10 - 10:25 am

Networking Coffee Break

10:25 - 10:55 am

SANGSTER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: A PPP Success Story in Airport Infrastructure (Jamaica)

Sangster International Airport, the holder of the title” Caribbean’s Leading Airport” by World Travel Awards was privatized through a 30-year concession agreement with the GoJ in 2003.  Join us in a discussion with the Airport Regulator (AAJ) and Montego Bay Jamaica (the concessionaire) as they discuss the elements that have contributed to the success of the partnership and the challenges faced having completed more than half of the concession term.

10:55 -11:20 am 

Renewable Energy: Paradise Park Solar Energy

MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Limited (MPCCEL) is the first alternative energy investment company to list its shares on the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) Main Market. It is also the first company to also simultaneously list on the USD Equities Market and TTSE Market in over 20 years. The initial investment of the company in Jamaica is “Paradise Park”, a 50 MWp solar park. Once completed, the solar park will be the largest photovoltaic power plant in the island nation.

11:20 -11:45 am

Ports and Logistics (Jamaica)

 Development of Near Port Lands

A national strategic project by GOJ providing the capacity to tap into the large volumes of transshipment cargo passing over the port and will provide value-added and logistics services.

11:45 - 12:05 pm

Waste Management Reform Programme

Solid waste is increasingly considered as a valuable resource around the world. The GoJ is seeking to develop a comprehensive Solid Waste Management(SWM) programme to optimize waste collection, storage transfer and management of all urban and rural area.


12:05 -12:25 pm

Regional Infrastructure Investment Opportunities

This session highlights other investment opportunities with infrastructure sector being developed by the     private sector throughout the Caribbean. A leading local capital market financier discusses these opportunities in the energy and water sectors.

12:25 -12:55 pm

Tobago Infrastructure Investment Opportunities

Due to its proximity to North, Central and South America, the twin island of Trinidad & Tobago is an excellent place for international investments. The presenter will offer the potential opportunities for growth in the following major industries in Tobago:

  • Transportation Hub
  • Cancer Hospital
  • Highway

12:55 – 1: 05 pm

Moderators Closing Remarks

1:05 – 2:00 pm

Networking Lunch & Cultural Presentation (UWI Steel Band)