Sunday, 23 June 2013

BRAND JAMAICA: Fantastic results from the 2013 Biennial J'ca Diaspora Conference and the KingstOOn animation film festival

ON THE HOME FRONT: There is terrific news emerging from the just-concluded 5th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, which attracted some 600 delegates and facilitated close to 240 meetings and plenary sessions at the Hilton Rose Hall in St. James. Fourteen foreign investors expressed interest in 30 local projects, and half of that number, reveals foreign affairs state minister Arnaldo Brown, have indicated a desire to make equity investments on 17 special projects. "They have requested additional info from the project owners," Brown says. "JAMPRO is going to follow up with [them], and we will hear more about the investments. The future is extremely bright." 

MAKING DIGITAL WAVES: Featuring lively panel discussions, previews and informative sessions, the 2013 KingstOOn animation conference and film festival recently brought together stakeholders, entrepreneurs and international guests, at the Mona Visitors' Lodge, to highlight plans being put in place to ensure Jamaican benefits from opportunities in the global sector, as far as advances in animation are concerned, as the relevant local players chart a way forward to develop a world-class animation industry and attract investors and partners. Coming on board so far are Canada's Sheridan College's Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and the US-based Columbus College of Art & Design. "This means opportunities for talent development and professional development," explains technology minister Anthony Hylton, "and opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation to demonstrate the vast potential of our youth to participate in the global marketplace."

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