KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport says that the first in a series of business opportunity workshops aimed at residents of 30 communities in the Blue and John Crow Mountains World Heritage site in Portland will be held on Wednesday, May 11 at Devon House in Kingston.
The workshops aim to assist residents to tap into the business and income generation potential of the site, which has been inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage List. The ministry says it is collaborating with the Jamaica Conservation Development Trust, (JCDT), which manages the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, and Devon House Development Company to host the workshops over the next 24 months. Presenters for the workshops are drawn from: the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC); Ministry of Tourism; Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo); Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC); Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA); HEART Trust/NTA; Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF); Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO); Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ); the Small and Medium Enterprises Unit in Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries; and First Heritage Cooperative Credit Union (FHCCU). Interested individuals may contact the Culture Ministry at 927-4247
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