Shaping NextGen entrepreneurs
ONCE AGAIN, Junior Achievement (JA) Jamaica is the local host for Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). This year, we approach the week with tremendous pride and enthusiasm. We have placed GEW 2016 as a top priority, not only because it fits into our mandate to promote entrepreneurship, but also because of its continued relevance in Jamaica’s educational and economic landscape.
Jamaica’s entrepreneurial ecosystem has witnessed significant growth over the past decade, with objective indices such as the Global Entrepreneurial Index showing that Jamaica has been improving in several key areas of assessment. This has resulted in Jamaica moving seven places up on the index this year. JA Jamaica will continue to be an active player in the continued improvement of entrepreneurship in Jamaica – through education, promotion, research and influencing policy. The GEW is one way in which we have been doing this.
This year’s theme, ‘Shaping NextGen Entrepreneurs’, reflects the conversations happening globally and certainly being experienced locally. Entrepreneurship should involve a high degree of innovation – to drive both existing and new businesses. This innovation should not be limited to science and technology, but should be extended into creative expressions and solutionoriented business models.
The board and staff of JA Jamaica will work with all the public and private entities partnering in GEW 2016, including all schools across the island, to ensure that GEW 2016 is not just celebrated, but creates impact and generates positive economic returns. Please join us in the activities for GEW 2016, and we welcome all partners on board! PAUL LALOR Junior Achievement Jamaica Board Chairman