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
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:
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
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 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.
See more at: http://thecommonwealth.org/media/event/commonwealth-trade-symposium-shaping-global-trade-agenda-development#sthash.yLIpvsAo.dpuf
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 http://ow.ly/MRuqV
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.
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.
Avryl Francis, Che-Andre Gordon and Rasheed Andrews are the members of a group of third year students from the University of Technology, (UTech), who won the PitchITCaribbean challenge and CodeSprint for designing a tourism-based mobile application, called iTechHotel, in just 24-hours between May 23 and 24, 2015. For their efforts, they bagged an automatic entry to the World Bank Group/infoDev’s Government of Canada funded Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project’s (CMIP) upcoming PitchITCaribbean Startup Challenge Pitch Event.
The CodeSprint, which was a collaboration with StartUp Jamaica, was held at the Musson Foundation e-Learning Lounge in Kingston and had five Jamaican teams along with three virtual teams, one each, from Barbados, Dominica and St. Kitts & Nevis hacking out mobile applications to solve problems in agriculture, energy management and tourism.
“This was a tremendous success,” declared Robert Whitehorne, project manager for the CMIP.
“For the first time in the staging of hackathons, we were able to have teams from other countries – namely Barbados, Dominica and St. Kitts & Nevis – participate for the 24-hours, tackling the same challenges as those in Jamaica. In the end they made their presentations via video conferencing and proposed some compelling solutions,” he added.
The team from St. Kitts & Nevis, led by ICT professional, Telojo Onu, proposed Nuh TekkUp – an app for farmers to report praedial larceny in real time – and was named the Top Virtual team. Shannon Clarke, a one-man team from Barbados, proposed a medical tourism app, which allows visitors to find medical services quickly while they are on a visit to the region. His app was specially recognised as having a strong potential for development.
Outlining the challenges across the sectors were economics professor, Claremont Kirton, who has done decades of research in agriculture; Andrea Atkinson-Perry, Group IT Director of the Hendrickson group – which operates a chain of hotels including the Pegasus and Holiday Inn – sharing pain points on tourism, while Gina Tomlinson-Williams, head of customer service at JPS, identified opportunities in energy management for the entrepreneurs to take on.