DBJ to Stage Second Equity Financing Workshop September 18

Discussions will focus on the topic “Introduction to Equity Financing”. The workshop is geared towards business enablers, including consultants and professionals, who facilitate, train and build the capacity of entrepreneurs and small business owners in growing and expanding their operations. Story Highlights The Development Bank of Jamaica’s (DBJ) Venture Capital Unit will host the second in a series of training workshops for Business Services Intermediaries (BSIs) on September 18 at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston. The Development Bank of Jamaica’s (DBJ) Venture Capital Unit will host the second in a series of training workshops for Business Services Intermediaries (BSIs) on September 18 at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.Discussions will focus on the topic “Introduction to Equity Financing”.The workshop is geared towards business enablers, including consultants and professionals, who facilitate, train and build the capacity of entrepreneurs and small business owners in growing and expanding their operations.Former Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) executive, Dr. Winsome Leslie, who led the initial session staged in July, developed the curriculum for the workshop.It will cover six modules –Financing Options for SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises); Angels, Venture Capital and Private Equity; The Pitch – How Do You Prepare; Negotiating the Equity Deal; and Equity Investment Trends and Alternative Financing Structures.The training workshops are part of the Jamaica Venture Capital Programme (JVCapital) geared towards strengthening the capacity of business advisors.JVC Programme Project Consultant, Audrey Richards, said that the objective is to address gaps and inconsistencies in how entrepreneurs and SMEs are being prepared for engaging with financiers.“This initiative is to ensure that the business enablers and consultants are properly equipped with the necessary knowledge and tools to be able to provide standardised guidance and the right information to entrepreneurs and small businesses on equity financing and its attendant benefits in growing and scaling their businesses,” she noted.Interested persons needing more information on the workshop may contact the DBJ’s Venture Capital Unit at (876) 929-4000 or via e-mail at [email protected] read more

Office Of The Childrens Advocate Launches Child Justice Guidelines Posters

The Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) has launched Child Justice Guidelines Posters, which are designed to better equip justice sector stakeholders to deal with children coming in contact with the justice system.They were unveiled during the opening ceremony for the OCA’s ‘Child Justice Guidelines Training Seminar’ for members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and Justices of the Peace (JPs), at the Grand Palladium Resort and Spa in Hanover on Saturday, September 21.The posters, which will be mounted at police stations islandwide, depict visual aids and reminders derived from the Child Justice Guidelines.The Guidelines are encapsulated in a publication initially issued in 2013, and represents the first such document in the Caribbean.It serves as a resource handbook for judges, defence lawyers, prosecutors, police, correctional officers, and any other individual who must deal with a child at any stage of the process of coming in contact with the justice system.Speaking at the event, Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon Harrison, indicated that the posters are intended to help the police and JPs execute their duties more effectively while observing the rights of children.“When we look at the issues that were recurring [and] some of the calls that we would get from police officers to ask for assistance, we thought that these visual aids would be great reminders,” she explained.Mrs. Gordon Harrison advised that Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson, has endorsed the initiative, adding that “we will be dispensing all of these posters… which will [provide] timely messages and reminders for you [police and JPs] and members of the public”.Meanwhile, Mrs. Gordon Harrison said the training seminar represents “a significant milestone in a journey that has seen the OCA having meaningful discussions with the diverse stakeholders in the justice sector”.“Who better to have the dialogue with than our very own police and Justices of the Peace? We need you as our strategic partners in this process. It is you [JPs] who are the first responders at the police station and in the communities that you serve,” she argued.In his remarks, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Clifford Blake, who represented Major General Anderson, noted that the OCA has been instrumental in safeguarding the rights of the nation’s children.He emphasised that this is a “responsibility that the JCF shares and takes seriously”.“Over the years, the JCF, in partnership with key agencies, has developed several policies to support our laws to provide for the safety of our children and to ensure that their rights are protected,” DCP Blake indicated.He noted that one of the JCF’s latest policies saw the organisation developing the Child Interaction Policy and Procedure (CIPP), “which clearly provide guidelines for our members with established protocols on how to sensitively treat with persons under the age of 18”.Additionally, DCP Blake said the JCF is engaged in several children intervention initiatives such as the School Resource Officers programme, youth clubs, summer camps, and community programmes. They were unveiled during the opening ceremony for the OCA’s ‘Child Justice Guidelines Training Seminar’ for members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and Justices of the Peace (JPs), at the Grand Palladium Resort and Spa in Hanover on Saturday, September 21. The posters, which will be mounted at police stations islandwide, depict visual aids and reminders derived from the Child Justice Guidelines. Story Highlights The Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) has launched Child Justice Guidelines Posters, which are designed to better equip justice sector stakeholders to deal with children coming in contact with the justice system. read more