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September 16, 2010

On Wednesday, September 22, 2010, The Mona School of Business will be hosting a lecture by Dr. Auguste Kouame from the World Bank on the topic "Jamaica and the World Bank's Development Policy Loans, 2009 to 2011- Recession, Restructuring, Reform".  The presentation will commence at 6 p.m. in the Executive Lecture Theatre of the Alister McIntyre Building.

July 15, 2010

Trevor Campbell and Reginal Nugent, principals of the Global Leadership Institute, speak on "Globalisation and the Globally Integrated Enterpise" at Mona School of Business.

June 26, 2010

There is now worldwide recognition of the importance of the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector as a principal contributor to the economic well-being of most nations. SMEs are often both the product and the producers of entrepreneurial creativity and, in most countries, have become progressively important pillars of economic stability. Their actual and potential contributions to innovation, economic growth, employment, and the diversification of productive endeavours are well documented. 

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June 25, 2010

What we are witnessing in Jamaica today is really a ‘recession within a recession.’ In the past decade Jamaica has only been able to muster a paltry 1.4 % average annual economic growth due largely to a weak macroeconomic multiplier and high levels of import in relation to GDP. Achieving higher growth rates with stability will require transforming the pool of unemployed into a productive force with an export focus; embracing innovation, quality and productivity; a renaissance of the ideas of Lewis and proponents of Plantation Economy theory; and the exploration of new ideas.

June 25, 2010

In  the current climate in Jamaica, the involuntary exchange of bonds to lower yielding instruments caught the Jamaican financial sector and other stakeholders unprepared. This is clear evidence of the inadequacies in regulatory oversight and risk management discipline, both at the level of the financial institutions themselves and the local regulatory authorities.

June 25, 2010

Edward Seaga makes a compelling case for a pegged rate, that is, “a fixed currency value accepted or legislated as non-variable. Pegged rates can last decades without change, as has been the case in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.”...


Colin Bullock argues that the “reintroduction of a peg would have to weigh the issue of capital controls” and could also mean “neutering the significant technical expertise in money and foreign exchange policy that has been developed at the Bank of Jamaica”....

June 25, 2010

With the global tourist industry now emerging from one of its toughest periods in recent decades the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) is forecasting a 3-4% increase in international arrivals in 2010 and a 2-4% rise in the Americas region. Assuming the forecast holds and the Jamaican industry maintains the resilience shown in the past two years the industry is likely to achieve stronger visitor arrivals this year, putting it in a position to stimulate economic activity locally