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GG to host third series of Youth Conferences

King's House | 2014-10-21 00:00:00

The Governor-General’s I Believe Initiative will be staging its third annual Youth Consultative Conferences starting in Cornwall on October 22, 2014 at the Sea Garden Beach Resort in St James. The remaining conferences will be on October 30, for Middlesex, at the Cardiff Beach Resort, St. Ann and for Surrey, at the Jamaica Conference Centre on November 7. Some 100 youth between the ages of 15-30 are expected to attend each conference under the theme “Confident Youth Making a Strong Future through the Global Logistics Hub.”

Host of the Conferences, His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen decided that these conferences should focus on the global logistics hub. This followed on a briefing he received on the hub which prompted his interest in ensuring that youth understand how this major strategy for Jamaica’s development could affect their future.  

Sir Patrick has stated that “it is our hope that these conferences will present youth with perspectives on how to enhance their ability to achieve their maximum potential and how to become part of Jamaica’s future development through the Global Logistics Hub.” He is keen for youth to explore how they can be prepared for employment in the businesses to be generated as well as for creating related business opportunities. 

Following the success of the National Youth Conferences held in 2013, Sir Patrick looks forward to this year’s county conferences which offer another significant opportunity to interact with the youth. “These conferences help my IBI Team and myself to better understand their concerns and also learn their own recommendations for solutions to these issues,” he stated.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Fritz Pinnock, Executive Director of the Caribbean Maritime Institute, will speak on “Jamaica’s Journey to Becoming a Logistics Hub.” Presentations from Digicel Jamaica and the Jamaica Public Service Co. Ltd. will focus on “Connectivity in Logistics” and “Renewable Energy in Logistics,” respectively. Delegates will also be introduced to entrepreneurial skills through a presentation on how to create and manage businesses in the segment “Local Entrepreneurs, Global Businesses”, to be presented by Junior Achievement Jamaica.

The Conference will culminate with a concert which will feature performances by the Digicel Rising Stars.

Sponsors of the conference are Digicel Jamaica, JPS Foundation, Caribbean Airlines, Grace Kennedy, Jamaica National Building Society, First Regional Cooperative Credit Union Limited and the Jamaica Broilers Group. Principal sponsor, Digicel, through its Marketing Director, Peter Lloyd, has reaffirmed Digicel’s advocacy of using technology to engage youth.  “We also understand the vital role that both technology and youth will play in making the Jamaica’s proposed logistics hub initiative a success. A critical part in its success is ensuring that persons are fully aware and adequately trained for the opportunities that will be available to them.   Digicel is therefore proud to be the lead sponsor for the Youth Consultative Conference as an important step in preparing Jamaica’s youth for future opportunities.  We also applaud the Governor General for his vision and look forward to having a meaningful exchange of ideas with some of Jamaica’s brightest young minds and budding entrepreneurs at these conferences.”



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