Jamaica has been chosen to host the World Free Zones Organization (WFZO) Annual International Conference and Exhibition in 2021, following a successful bidding process by the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA). The event will be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James. Story Highlights A team, led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Eric Deans, presented Jamaica’s proposal at the 2019 conference in Barcelona, Spain, in June. Jamaica has been chosen to host the World Free Zones Organization (WFZO) Annual International Conference and Exhibition in 2021, following a successful bidding process by the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA).The event will be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.A team, led by Chairman of the JSEZA, Metry Seaga, presented Jamaica’s proposal at the 2019 conference in Barcelona, Spain, in June.Speaking with JIS News, CEO of JSEZA, Dr. Eric Deans said that the team put together “a very detailed proposal document. including videos, which described the facilities that we have available to host the conference, such as the convention centre, hotels, accommodation for the guests, logistics support, and all other activities that go into hosting a large-scale conference like this”.“So we put together this comprehensive document and submitted it a month before, so that they could review it prior to us making the presentation,” he said.Dr. Deans, in highlighting the significance of Jamaica winning the bid, said that “for us in the free zone and special economic zone sphere, this is like winning the bid to host the Olympics”.“Free zones and special economic zones account for over 30 per cent of world trade, so winning the bid to host this event is a very substantial and significant achievement for such a small country as Jamaica,” he added.He noted that the JSEZA’s presentation received very high commendation from WFZO chairman, Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, who expressed that the bid was the “best prepared, packaged proposal they have received in the history of the organization”.Dr. Deans told JIS News that over the next two years, the JSEZA will be working closely with the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), the Montego Bay Convention Centre and relevant ministries and agencies to plan and organise the conference.“So, we will be coordinating the activities with the various hotels, the various ground transportation providers, the logistics companies that will be needed to move the various exhibits from all over the world to Jamaica and get them set up,” he said.He noted, too, that the local team will collaborate with the board and management of the WFZO to promote the conference across the globe, raise awareness and increase participation in the event.The CEO said that by hosting the conference, the JSEZA intends to attract a large cross section of international, regional and local participation.“We intend to secure from these interactions, more foreign direct investment for the logistics hub initiative and for our special economic zones right across the country. We also intend to build a strong business network for future collaborations and entice more of the regional free zones to join the WFZO,” he said.Youth and student participation will be encouraged in order to expose them to what is happening in the special economic zone and logistics sphere globally.“So we will make a particular effort to involve and encourage mechanisms to ensure that persons studying at universities, community colleges, HEART Trust get an opportunity to participate in the conference and exhibition,” Dr. Deans added.The WFZO involves membership from some 120 countries, with about 5,400 special economic zones and free zones across the globe.The annual conference and exhibition is held over five days and consists of a Board of Directors meeting, general assembly with all the members, Free Zone Outlook International Conference, workshops, training and exhibition.The JSEZA is a voting member of the WFZO. The Authority continues its work to develop the Special Economic Zone Regime to enhance Jamaica’s image in the global logistics and supply value chain.
These students are Geraldine Allen, Dacia Bennett, Anissa Bent, Christina Blake, Shavane Clarke, Sheridon Gayle, Trudy-Ann Graham, Janee Harris, Tianna Howell, Yanique Hylton, Alex Lawrence, Ryan Lewis, Rajnie Molar, Ragene Perry, Kishana Purrier, Renee Ramsay, Raheem Richards, Demarco Robinson, Devon Senior, Tawayne Spence, Dannett Taylor, Tamieka Tennant, Ranique Williams and Micala Wilson. Story Highlights Twenty-four students have been awarded scholarships, funds for tuition and grants valued at approximately $17 million from the Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, and sponsors of the seventh Summer of Service Programme. This forms part of the Governor-General’s I Believe Initiative (IBI), where exceptional students with dire financial need, who are matriculating to colleges and/or universities for their first year of undergraduate study, and those currently completing their first year to begin their second in 2019, are awarded. Twenty-four students have been awarded scholarships, funds for tuition and grants valued at approximately $17 million from the Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, and sponsors of the seventh Summer of Service Programme.These students are Geraldine Allen, Dacia Bennett, Anissa Bent, Christina Blake, Shavane Clarke, Sheridon Gayle, Trudy-Ann Graham, Janee Harris, Tianna Howell, Yanique Hylton, Alex Lawrence, Ryan Lewis, Rajnie Molar, Ragene Perry, Kishana Purrier, Renee Ramsay, Raheem Richards, Demarco Robinson, Devon Senior, Tawayne Spence, Dannett Taylor, Tamieka Tennant, Ranique Williams and Micala Wilson.This forms part of the Governor-General’s I Believe Initiative (IBI), where exceptional students with dire financial need, who are matriculating to colleges and/or universities for their first year of undergraduate study, and those currently completing their first year to begin their second in 2019, are awarded.The funds were formally awarded to the students at King’s House on Tuesday (August 20).In 2011, Their Excellencies, the Governor-General and Lady Allen launched the IBI. The Summer of Service Programme, which is an activity of the IBI, was also launched that year, and began on the premise that the children are the future of the nation.Seventy-three students have so far benefited, including 12 recipients last year, who received a total of $10 million.While encouraging the students to continue their path of excellence, the Governor-General reflected on students who were previously a part of the programme, and are now international scholars.“I cannot resist sharing with you some astounding success of the programme. Two of our IBI Ambassadors, Abrahim Simmonds and Tishauna Mullings, who were Summer of Service recipients, have graduated from the UWI, Mona. They are among this year’s recipients of Chevening Scholarships to the United Kingdom to read for their Master’s Degree. Another IBI Ambassador, Chevano Baker, who obtained a Master’s degree through Chevening, has also won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University and starts school in October this year to do further studies. These success stories are very heart-warming,” the Governor-General said.He also encouraged the awardees to continue striving for greatness. “I encourage you to maintain a high standard of work in your tertiary studies and throughout the rest of your lives,” he said.One reason behind the selection of these awardees is that they have all voluntarily completed meaningful projects in the parishes of St. Elizabeth, Westmoreland, St. James, Clarendon, St. Catherine, St. Andrew and Portland.The projects included creating diverse activities for children in State-operated homes, as well as homes for the physically and mentally challenged, and the elderly; coordinating and soliciting funds totalling approximately $700,000 to cover camp expenses for 50 young people in volatile areas; hosting Mathematics upliftment summer classes for children; mentoring and teaching primary school children; providing back-to-school supplies for children, and engaging in numerous other projects to support disabled and homeless individuals, such as feeding them and providing clothes.The sponsors who provided financial support for the youth include the NCB Foundation with two tuition scholarships; the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China with two scholarships; the Caribbean Maritime University with three scholarships; the Northern Caribbean University with two scholarships; National Integrity Action; First Regional Co-operative Credit Union Limited; GraceKennedy Limited; JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation; St. Joseph’s Teachers’ College; Sandals Foundation; Derrimon Trading; The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona and Kingston Bookshop.
Clariant, the global speciality chemicals group, today announced the opening of its newest Mining Application and Development Centre (CADM) for Clariant Mining Solutions in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, which will serve as the company’s global excellence centre for iron/phosphate ores and pelletising. “The CADM is strategically located in Belo Horizonte, at the heart of the Brazilian mining industry, close to customers, universities and research centres,” explains Finlay Morrison, Vice President and Head of Business Line Mining Solutions. “This laboratory reflects our commitment to innovation and consolidates Clariant’s 35 year presence in the Brazilian mining industry as a leading supplier of chemical solutions.”The company states that the new CADM “underscores Clariant’s research-driven growth strategy in Brazil.” The facility is staffed by scientists and researchers from a number of different mining-related fields and will develop custom flotation solutions for phosphate, iron and sulphide ores. It will also support the development of specialised reagents for pelletising, dust control, filtration, settling, rheology modifiers and corrosion and scale control. “The CADM builds upon our guarantee of efficiency in the development and application of solutions for our customers,” said Nilson Bartalini, Manager of Clariant’s Mining Solutions segment for Brazil and Head of the Northern Latin America region. The Mining Application and Development Centre in Belo Horizonte will operate in line with Clariant’s research facilities’ network in Germany, Australia, Chile, Peru, the US, China, India, Russia, Morocco, and South Africa.