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ICS Leads Business Opportunities Exploration to Expo JAMAICA 2012 April 25th-30

Apr 04, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC -- With just over four weeks to go before the EXPO JAMAICA 2012 in Kingston, Jamaica, ICS is partnering with Small Business organizations across the US to lead a Business Opportunities (BizOpps) Exploration to EXPO Jamaica 2012. The goal is to introduce US Small Businesses (i.e. Businesses with one to five hundred employees) to Jamaica and Jamaicans, and assist in building networks critical for international business success.

The participants will participate in a Half-Day Seminar on Doing Business in Jamaica and SMART Foresight for Small Businesses; as well as the two days Buyers Only Sessions at the National Arena. Optional tours to some of Kingston's famous sights as well as to the North Coast resort town of Ocho Rios will be included in the specially designed package.

The delegation led by Dr. Claire Nelson, ICS President, a former senior technical advisor at the Inter-American Development Bank, with over twenty-five years experience, will be joined by Dr. Nsombi Jaja, CEO, Quality Management Consultancy Inc., a leading consulting firm with A-List clients in both the private and public sector in Jamaica. Said Dr. Nelson, "for almost twenty years ICS has been organizing investment forums and speaking on Business Opportunities in the Caribbean. As ICS ramps up its Trade and Economic Development programs to create opportunities in spite of the economic challenges, EXPO JAMAICA 2012 provides an unmatched opportunity to bring our network at home and abroad together. Further, our aim is to help make a few matches for the USAID/IDB Caribbean Idea Marketplace Grants".

Discount Airfares and Hotel Rates to Jamaica have been arranged by JAMPRO making the trip exceedingly affordable. ICS will partner with small businesses in Jamaica to provide ground transfers, and optional tours to the North Coast; as well as to organize the Meet the People Dinners. "This is about optimizing the international B2B opportunities, by cultivating local networks", stated Dr. Nsombi Jaja, ICS Board Member.

Registration for the delegation begins at only US$525 and is limited to thirty attendees in order to ensure personalized attention.

Find out more about ICS BizOpps Exploration at To register to attend, send email to or go to


The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) is dedicated to education, advocacy and action on issues that impact the holistic well being of Caribbean Americans. The vision of ICS is to ensure a forum for the public and private sector, the non-government organization (NGO) community, scholars and others interested in promoting a dialogue; and to assist in the execution of actions that result from that dialogue.

Our goal is to provide our partners and stakeholders with solutions that will enable their survival, growth, and prosperity in the ever changing global marketplace, by providing education, advocacy and action that support their missions. ICS is dedicated to building bridges between Caribbean Americans and the US population at large.

Since its inception in 1993, ICS has been at the forefront of the challenge to bring attention to the issues of critical importance to the Caribbean American community, which numbers over 10 million. ICS represents an important role in history as the first Caribbean American non-governmental organization in the USA devoted to the successful inclusion of Caribbean Americans in US policy making, and the economic development of the Caribbean region. ICS location in Washington DC makes it an ideal interlocutor, advocate and intermediary between the US government, multilateral agencies, the private sector, Caribbean American communities, and Caribbean governments. ICS has established and will continue to develop partnerships and collaborative relationships with local and national organizations in the US and the Caribbean, such as the Black Leadership Forum, National Minority Suppliers Development Council, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Global Rights Law Group, World Bank/IMF Caribbean Staff Association, Caribbean Research Center, and the Caribbean Policy Development Center to meet its objectives.

In keeping with its holistic philosophy of development, ICS develops and supports programs which serve a multiplicity of interests-- the business person, the community leader, the policy-maker, and the scholar, across various sectors. ICS program areas are: Trade & Economic Development, Science & Technology, Education & Health, and Sociology & Culture. ICS programs are designed

Keywords: Dr. Claire Nelson, ics, b2b opportunities, business development  Business » General

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  • Kevin Allen
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