The 25% Increase On Phone Calls and Instruments Repressive


  • The 25% Increase On Phone Calls and Instruments Repressive
  • JTI’S Cluster & Linkages Programme To Help Small Business Increase Productivity
  • Society For The Advancement Of The Caribbean Diaspora Launched In Brooklyn
  • The Ultimate Publicist Offers Publicity Solution Local-based Small Business Owners!


  • Freedom Sounds (From Mento, Ska, Reggae and Beyond) on Sunday, October 4 at 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Temple Hall Estate.
  • JBDC Business Development Training 1 & 2 “Supporting Small Businesses in Jamaica” on Tuesday, October 6 at 9:30 a.m. to Thursday, October 8 at 4:00 p.m. at the JBDC Incubator & Resource Centre, 76 Marcus Garvey Drive, Kingston 13. Training includes: Entrepreneurship, Identifying Business Ideas, Strategic Planning for Business Success, and Introduction to Marketing/Marketing Analysis. Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. DAILY! Registration closes September 30, 2009. Cost: BDT1 – $1,700 and BDT 2 – $2,700.



October 1, 2009 will most certainly become a Red Letter Day for Jamaican mobile telephone users. This is the day that they will forever remember that when government has decided to tax their propensity to gab – be it for business or pleasure.

As of now, it will cost us all 25% more to acquire and use one’s mobile phone, as directed by the Ministry of Finance.

Today is phone calls and handsets that are being regressively taxed; tomorrow it will be eMails and blogs.

Such a move has now invited the question: “Why is it that government’s emphasis is on taxation and not job creation?

However, this forces one to conclude that the government tax system currently places Jamaican small businesses at a competitive disadvantage by taxing telephone calls and handsets.

Both Digicel and LIME, two of the island mobile giants, have so far decried the government’s move in this regard. The Blog Enterprise has is now officially joining its voice to the call to roll back this repressive financial move by Finance Minister Audley Shaw. “We shudder at the thought of what he (Mr. Shaw) would be saying had he still been in opposition and PNP administration had imposed such a tax<’ said Delroy A. Whyte-Hall, head of The Blog Enterprise.

Those who support the move are arguing that government need the revenues the taxes generate. “I request Parliament to reject this unwarranted tax imposition, and instead, come up with creative ways to provide jobs to the thousands of unemployed Jamaicans. Secondly, most of these unemployed persons are seeking ways and means to start their own little business, but because the system is so repressive and not entrepreneur friendly, everyone is discourage, and all looking overseas for their salvation.

The bottom-line is that with more people being employed, concomitant with a more friendlier entrepreneurial atmosphere prevailing, then government would ensure more money going into its coffers via Income Tax on the one hand, and whatever other business-related taxes on the other.



In recognition of the contribution of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to the Jamaican economy, Jamaica Trade & Invest (JTI has recently established a Clusters & Linkages programme to facilitate the development of business clusters and the achievement of global competitiveness by local SMEs.

Clustering is not a new concept, because it has been established and operated successfully in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The particular model now used in Jamaica has been used in over 13 other countries.

A business cluster primarily is a geographic concentration of interconnected businesses, suppliers and associated institutions involved in the production, and or delivery of similar or complementary product or service.

A well developed cluster facilitates:

  • Increased productivity and faster growth (through specialised inputs, access to information, and access to public goods and key supply chain networks).
  • Market driven innovation (through cooperative research and collaboration), new business formation and expansion.
  • A stronger lobby and advocacy.

A cluster takes on a life of its own when its members join together due to their similar or complementary business interests. They undertake customised or sector-specific business initiatives designed to increase the competitiveness and profitability of all its members.

As an initiative of the Private Sector Development Programme’s (PSDP), the programme currently facilitates the development and growth of 10 clusters. It is being jointly managed by Jamaica Trade & Invest (JTI) and the Jamaica Business Development Co=operation (JBDC).

Existing clusters include:

  • JTI Clusters: Jamaica Fish, Visual & Performing Arts, Music, Tourism, and Negril & Western Jamaica (MSMEs)
  • JBDC Clusters: Jamaica Fashion & Apparel, Authentic Jamaican Gift & Craft, Jamaica Wellness, Small Ruminants, and Jamaica Egg Industry.

One of the advantages of Clusters has to do with the collective synergies created from its members working together. Therefore, through cooperation and negotiation, they are better able to increase the competitiveness of their members in both national and global markets.



One reflection of post-1965 Caribbean immigrants achieving critical mass in North American cities and of their political coming of age is that group`s investment in civil society organizations that move away from singular nation-state interests to the identification and support for pan-Caribbean American interests.

One such organization, the Society for the Advancement of the Caribbean Diaspora (SACD), became reality in Brooklyn on August 20, 2009.

Founding members of the SACD include Minna Hamilton-LaFortune (Jamaica) – President; Carol Woodham (Jamaica) – Vice President; Gloria Sudal (Jamaica) – Treasurer; Karieth Mair (Jamaica), and Sam Belnavis (Jamaica).

Other members of the organization include Ulster Brathwaite; Anthony McKenzie; Basil Daley; Tionne Tyson; Urcel Williams; Rudolph Brooks, and Pamela Ransom.

The Society for the Advancement of the Caribbean Diaspora identifies its mission as follows:

  • To engage the communities of the Caribbean Diaspora through the exploration of our common interests and concerns, and through our collective resources ensure the welfare and advancement of the Caribbean Diaspora.
  • To recognize and celebrate the achievements of the people of the Caribbean Diaspora.
  • To identify talents, encourage wealth building, lifelong education, self development and personal responsibility through networking opportunities, educational seminars, conferences, community projects, humanitarian needs, charity and through the promotion of the foods, culture and arts of the Caribbean, for a more enlightened and sustainable future of the Caribbean Diaspora.

Articulating why she felt compelled to start this organization, LaFortune, whose own Jamaican-Haitian household is a reflection of Diaspora convergence in the private sphere, stated, `While Caribbean Americans have made significant progress in many areas, we have not fully harnessed our resources to make a collective difference both here and in our countries of origin.`

`We are at a historical juncture where we have capacity – by virtue of the rich treasure trove of human and other capitals which are in our community — to organize locally to address our needs while simultaneously giving back to our communities of origin,` she added.

At the August launch, LaFortune underscored her point that what is commonplace in the private sphere needs to now influence the public sphere to improve the lived experiences of Caribbean people in the United States and in the sending countries: `The Caribbean Diaspora is rich with knowledgeable individuals. This knowledge, however, is not being harnessed to nurture and help members of our communities here or [in our countries of origin] that need advice and guidance, resources to overcome the obstacles they are facing in their lives and their environments.`

The organization is invested in propagating goodwill, respect, strong family values, professionalism, accountability and the sharing of knowledge.

The initial programme of the organization includes fundraising, creating networking opportunities, and partnering with U.S. Census Bureau to raise awareness about the importance of the next year`s census within the Caribbean Community.

For more information about the Society for the Advancement of the Caribbean Diaspora, contact the leadership at 917-771-7935 or



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