Topic Summary: One of the greatest sources of Jamaica’s current earning power is tourism and trade. This panel will explore the opportunities for entrepreneurial possibilities within the Diaspora and Africa, through tourism, cultural products, entertainment, the arts, by the interaction, development and fostering of trust in trade relationships, reviving indigenous industries and looking for new/emergent ones such as business outsourcing and current skill exchange.  This area will also include discussion about the   Commonwealth and how these can facilitate better trade relations within the region. The issue of transportation to support both local and export trade will also be examined, as well as lessons learned from the failures of trading and the global trade barriers.



Beverly Johnson

Ms. Beverly Johnson (Moderator)

Beverly Johnson is Owner, CEO and Managing Director of JLB International. She has over 35 years experience in International Trade, Shipping, Logistics and Marketing. In 2015 she became an Honouree of the International Women’s Day Award for sterling contribution to the Diaspora in the UK. For many years she has played an active part in social action projects in both Birmingham, UK and Kingston, Jamaica.

Reverend, His Excellency, Mr Guy Arlington Kenneth Hewitt

Fr. Guy Hewitt is High Commissioner for Barbados to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative to the United Nations IMO. He has a strong commitment to participation, development and social justice with experience in the development and education sectors. He is also an ordained Anglican priest.

Dr. Henley Morgan

E. Josephine Ojiambo