Shap­ing Nex­tGen en­trepreneurs

Jamaica Gleaner - - MESSAGE -

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

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