News & Events

  • IDB partnering for better civil societies

    24 Jul, 2015

    The IDB partnered with UWI Consulting and the Mona School of Business and Management(MSBM) to train over 30 Civil Society professionals in Project Cycle Management at the UWI Regional Headquarters July 22-24, 2015. Here the IDB’s Therese Turner-Jones (2nd right) Professor Claremont Kirton (right), of UWI Consulting, coach Keith Whyte (left) and Dr William Lawrence of MSBM talk preliminary ideas ahead of the training session.

  • UWIC partners for Science-based Poster Competition

    24 Jun, 2015

    For the first time, UWI Consulting Inc. partnered with the Scientific Research Council (SRC), the University of the West Indies and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to host the 29th staging of the annual SRC Poster Competition.

    This year’s competition had 65 entries from across the island. Of the 65 entries, 44 were from high schools, while 21 came from
    primary/preparatory schools.

    As in previous years, this year’s competition was designed to create an avenue for students to express themselves artistically on topical issues, while becoming more scientifically literate through research on the themes of the competition. This year’s competition was focused on the topical issue of the ‘Green Economy’.

    The theme was further broken down in the following sub-themes:
    •       Energy and the Green Economy,
    •       Construction and the Green Economy,
    •       Water Conservation and the Green Economy,
    •       Tourism and the Green Economy and
    •       Agriculture and the Green Economy.

    All sub-themes were relevant to the Jamaican and Caribbean context, allowing students to reflect on the effect of their everyday life on the environment.

    The winners of this year’s competition are:
    Primary Category
    1. Jada Grey – Stella Maris Prep
    2. Jay-Dan Chalmers – Cornaldi Avenue Primary
    3. Paula-Kay Davis – Cornaldi Avenue Primary
    4. Carla Williams – Cornaldi Avenue Primary
    5. Jasanaa Thompson – Stella Maris Prep
    6. Carla Williams – Cornaldi Avenue Primary

    Secondary Category
    1. Lerone Powell – Kemps Hill High
    2. Marlon Palmer – May Day High
    3. Jason Dawson – Wolmers Boys’
    4. Ryan Scott – Wolmers Boys’
    5. Mishka Chung – Westwood High
    6. Coreen Norman –  Montego Bay High

  • UWIC represented at Commonwealth Symposium in Johannesburg

    23 Jun, 2015

    UWIC CEO, Dr. Keith Nurse,  will present on the topic of “Dynamic Trade Policy, Global Value Chains and Enterprise Development” in the panel session on “Getting the Private Sector in the Room” at the first Commonwealth Trade Symposium,  being held  from June 23-24,  2015, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    The Symposium will provide a platform for officials, experts, the private sector and other stakeholders to meet and review emerging and long-standing trade related issues.

    The objective of the Symposium is to highlight issues and perspectives that are critical to ensure an inclusive global trade support architecture for development. The forum will facilitate a better understanding of interlinked issues and support the sharing of country perspectives on the process of achieving trade development objectives and setting global priorities.

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  • UWIC’s CEO presents at AMCHAM “Business Future of the Americas” Conference in Haiti

    15 Jun, 2015

    Dr. Keith Nurse will present the findings of a Caribbean Diasporic Entrepreneurship study at the American Chamber of Commerce conference on the “Business Future of the Americas”, being held in Port au Prince, Haiti on June 15, 2015. The study was funded by IDB/Compete Caribbean.

    The conference is being held for the first time in Haiti from the 15th to 17th June 2015, at the Hotel Marriott of Port-au-Prince under the theme “the Diaspora Investments in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

    To view full report on Caribbean Diasporic Entrepreneurship,  visit


  • What are The Bahamas and UWIC doing about WTO Technical Barriers to Trade?

    12 Jun, 2015

    In preparation for its ascension to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) The Bahamas, which signed its first reciprocal trade agreement, the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), between CARIFORUM (CARCIOM + the Dominican Republic) and the European Union in 2008, is presently establishing The Bahamas Bureau of Standards and is amending its legislation to be compliant with its obligations under the EPA, and hence the WTO TBT Agreement.

    This is important because with the reductions of tariffs due to WTO negotiations, developing countries such as those of CARICOM, should be particularly concerned with the establishment of internationally acceptable standards and regulations to increase their ability to better take advantage of trade opportunities presented in regional and international trade agreements.

    The Bahamian Government has engaged UWI Consulting to, among other things, manage a project, which will prescribe standards that will improve the quality of Bahamian exports to better take of advantage of trade agreements, particularly the EC- CARIFORUM EPA.

    The main objective of the consultancy is to assess the draft amendments to the relative standards legislation to render the regime in line with international best practices and be compliant with the TBT Agreement.

    It is expected that on implementation of the recommendation developed as a result of this project, The Bahamas will have a coherent, WTO compatible Technical Barrier to Trade and Standards regime that reflects the best international practices, lending to a better business environment for importers and exporters alike.

  • Let the Accelerating begin!

    10 Jun, 2015


    Just a few days after the 10 winners were named to Accelerate Caribbean the participants jetted off to Barbados to participate in the first of a series of Business Incubation Management Training sessions. Here the group is hunkered down at the Barbados Coalition of Services Industries Secretariat Offices, in Bridgetown, getting to the task of learning how to move the businesses in the region forward successfully.


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