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. Mahindra Ramdeen

Chief Executive Officer - Trinidad & Tobago Manufacturers’ Association

    Dr. Marcia Brandon

    Founder/Entrepreneurial People Development Specialist

      Mr. Jonathan Ortmans

      President, Global Entrepreneurship Network

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

        Managing Director of the Jamaica Stock Exchange

          Mr. Joel Richards

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

            Dr. Lawrence A. Nicholson

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

              Mrs. Gillian Hyde

              General Manager, JN Small Business Loan Limited

                Mr. Paul A. Chin

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

                  Ms. Terry-Ann Segree

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

                    Mr. Joseph Cox

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

                      Dr. Paul A. Golding

                      President, Caribbean Case Researchers Association

                        Mr. Hugh Johnson

                        President, SBAJ

                          Honourable Karl Samuda, MP

                          Minister of Industry Commerce Agriculture & Fisheries

                            Mr. Oliver Joseph

                            Minister for Economic Development, Planning, Trade & Labour

                              Dr. Ralph Gonsalves

                              Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

                                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