MSME Sector to Be Fully Represented at Employee Engagement Conference

“The MSME is the backbone of our economy, and so we are particularly focused on them, but not exclusively, because we believe that there is merit in clustering the large companies with the small ones,” she added. Story Highlights Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the JBDC, Valerie Veira, said that the services and products offered by MSMEs will be promoted at the conference, as a part of the organisation’s efforts to be inclusive. The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) says the micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector will be fully represented at the 2019 Employee Engagement Conference from October 16 to 17. The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) says the micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector will be fully represented at the 2019 Employee Engagement Conference from October 16 to 17.Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the JBDC, Valerie Veira, said that the services and products offered by MSMEs will be promoted at the conference, as a part of the organisation’s efforts to be inclusive.“The MSME is the backbone of our economy, and so we are particularly focused on them, but not exclusively, because we believe that there is merit in clustering the large companies with the small ones,” she added.Assistant Manager in Project Management and Research Development, JBDC, Sasha McCalla, said entrepreneurs will be showcasing a variety of products and services over the two-day conference.“We will have persons doing makeup therapy sessions, a fitness instructor and we will have others who are doing paint and sip, massage therapy and live cooking,” she added.Ms. Veira appealed to companies and individuals to assist MSMEs to attend the conference.“We have a special commitment to the MSMEs to ensure that they are involved, so we are trying to get scholarships for those who would not be able to afford the cost to attend, as we don’t want them to be excluded from the conference,” she said.The CEO noted that the focus of the conference, which is employee engagement, is relevant to all organisations of all sizes.“Whether you have five persons or one hundred, if the staff experience is bad, the results will be bad, and this will result in poor customer relations,” she added.The event, which will be held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston, is being staged under the theme ‘Employee Experience 3D – Design. Develop. Deliver’.Persons interested in attending the conference can visit the JBDC website at www.jbdc.net and complete the application form. read more

Canadian dollar lower American currency strengthens on solid job creation data

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 6, 2015 6:50 am MDT Canadian dollar lower, American currency strengthens on solid job creation data TORONTO – The Canadian dollar was lower Friday amid a strengthening greenback as U.S. job creation for February beat expectations.The loonie moved down 0.58 of a U.S. cent to 79.38 cents as the U.S. Labor Department announced that the economy created 295,000 jobs last month, much higher than the 245,000 that economists expected.Canadian employment data for February will be released March 13.Other data showed that U.S. wage growth in February was up just 0.1 per cent.Analysts said wage increases would be the most closely-watched data from the U.S. employment report since the slow pace of wage growth has been a disappointment so far.Stronger wage growth would likely add to pressure on the U.S. Federal Reserve to raise borrowing rates this year for the first time since the 2008 global financial crisis. Analysts believe the Fed could move to hike rates as early as June.Traders also took in data showing a much higher than expected Canadian trade deficit for January.Statistics Canada said the country’s merchandise trade deficit with the world grew to $2.5 billion, up sharply from a $1.2-billion deficit in January and is the largest since mid-2012.The trade deficit was also much higher than the $1 billion figure that economists had expected.The agency says the deficit increased as exports fell 2.8 per cent in January while imports were largely unchanged from December.In other economic news Friday, there was positive data from Europe’s largest economy as German industrial production rose by 0.6 per cent in January, higher than the 0.5 per cent increase that had been expected.That data came out a day after European Central Bank president Mario Draghi said the ECB had upgraded its growth forecast for the eurozone in 2015 to 1.5 per cent from 1.0 per cent.Draghi added that the central bank expects the economic recovery to broaden and strengthen.On the commodity markets, oil prices headed lower with the April crude contract in New York 80 cents lower at US$49.96 a barrel.April gold bullion was down $22.10 to US$1,174.10 an ounce while May copper fell four cents to US$2.61 a pound. read more