Caribbean MSME Conference - Objective & Misson

The Inaugural Caribbean MSME Conference will be held with the objective of

  • Shaping opportunities for the Caribbean’s MSMEs to better support economic growth.
  • Creating a space to address areas most critical to their sustainability and livelihood through a network connecting B2B.
  • The mission of the SBAJ is to support the economic and social advancement of the membership through the provision of technical advice, training, consultancy and trade services.
  • The SBAJ is also charged with promoting the principles of private enterprise and innovation.
  • MSMEs are vital to:
    • Continued economic development.
    • Creating an opportunity for significant private-sector employment.

Presenters & Regional Participants


Head of State



Meet our most valued speakers

Dr. Ralph Gonsalves

Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

    Mr. Oliver Joseph

    Minister for Economic Development, Planning, Trade & Labour

      Honourable Karl Samuda, MP

      Minister of Industry Commerce Agriculture & Fisheries

        Mr. Hugh Johnson

        President, SBAJ

          Dr. Paul A. Golding

          President, Caribbean Case Researchers Association

            Mr. Joseph Cox

            Assistant Secretary-General, Trade & Economic Integration, CARICOM Secretariat

              Ms. Terry-Ann Segree

              Investment Manager, Development Bank of Jamaica, Jamaica Venture Capital Programme

                Mr. Paul A. Chin

                General Manager, Microfinance Services Division of the Development Bank of Jamaica Limited

                  Mrs. Gillian Hyde

                  General Manager, JN Small Business Loan Limited

                    Dr. Lawrence A. Nicholson

                    Deputy Executive Director (Acting) Decision Sciences and Information System Unit, Mona School of Business and Management

                      Mr. Joel Richards

                      Technical Advisor, Investment and Private Sector, CARICOM Secretariat Office of Trade Negotiations

                        Mrs. Marlene Street Forrest, B.Sc. (Hons), MBA

                        Managing Director of the Jamaica Stock Exchange

                          Mr. Jonathan Ortmans

                          President, Global Entrepreneurship Network

                            Dr. Marcia Brandon

                            Founder/Entrepreneurial People Development Specialist

                              Dr. Mahindra Ramdeen

                              Chief Executive Officer - Trinidad & Tobago Manufacturers’ Association

                                Caribbean MSME Conference 2017 - Magazine

                                There is an estimated 67,000 small businesses operating within Jamaica; the Sector currently accounts for nearly eighty percent (80%) of all employment in Jamaica. In 2014, sole traders, who comprise the majority of micro and small enterprises, accounted for more than thirty six percent of the employed labour force.

                                The Small Business Association is actively seeking to create opportunities in assisting this sector to survive, be relevant and to contribute to the development of Jamaica.


                                These awesome companies supporting the Caribbean MSME Conference.

                                Jamaica National Group

                                Jamaica National Group

                                RJR Gleaner Communications Group

                                RJR Gleaner Communications Group



                                Caribbean Development Bank

                                Caribbean Development Bank

                                Development Bank Jamaica Limited

                                Development Bank Jamaica Limited

                                Spanish Court

                                Spanish Court

                                Caribbean Airlines

                                Caribbean Airlines