Buyers and Investors Mission to Jamaica between Monday 24th January and Friday 28th January 2011

The Jamaica Promotions Corporation, JAMPRO, the investment and export/trade facilitation agency of the Government of Jamaica, is pleased to invite your participation in a highly specialized and targeted Buyers and Investors Mission to Jamaica between Monday 24th January and Friday 28th January 2011.

The 2009 FDI Report rates Jamaica as No. 2 for having the “Best Infrastructure for Foreign Direct Investments in the Caribbean and Central America”; whilst the World Trade Promotion Organisation (WTPO) of UNCTAD/WTO have cited JAMPRO in 2004 and 2008, as being the “Best Trade Promotion Organisation from a Small Country”.

Given our exemplary track record and technical expertise in mounting business missions of this nature; JAMPRO is positioning this mission to explore ways in which European companies can penetrate markets in the Caribbean by taking advantage of the free trade arrangements in the Caribbean Single Market Economy (CSME), by establishing trade offices in Jamaica or distribution agreements with Jamaican companies.

Specifically, the mission will focus on companies seeking to:

1. identify and/or purchase Jamaican goods, including fresh produce and processed foods and drinks

2. to identify and/or purchase Jamaican services

3. film TV productions in Jamaica, including reality, documentaries, commercials and music videos

4. Establish manufacturing/assembly or agro-processing facilities in Jamaica, at reduced operational costs (relative to the UK) and exporting those goods to the EU duty free, under the EPA

5. Business Process Outsourcing operations in Jamaica

6. Financiers, developers and operators of hotels and tourist attractions

7. Renewable energy

Please find attached a mission profile/programme, a registration form and fact sheet..

Laurence Jones
European Regional Manager
+ 44 207 584 8894

Mission Profile & Programme.rtfRegistration Form.docx

Black Youth Achievements will host a Careers Event Day in London

Black Youth Achievements

Black Youth Achievements will be hosting their Careers Event Day on Thursday 22nd July, 11am – 5pm at Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton.

The objective of this event is to broaden the horizons, mind-set and opportunities for young people by having a wide variety of organisations, small businesses and training providers on hand to talk about various careers and the paths one might need to take to get there.

During the day, there will be workshops on CV writing, confidence building, interview techniques and communication.This is a free event aimed at 8 – 25 year olds. We are encouraging parents / carers to attend to aid the decision making process for their child when it comes to their futures.

If you are a business and would like to get involved then please email us at:- ‘’ subject title ‘Careers Day’

You would have a stall at the event free of charge, where you would be expected to talk about your business / organisation / training programme with young people from all different backgrounds, giving them realistic advice and information.

You would be featured in the marketing material and on our website, giving you free publicity pre and post event.

Will Diane Abbott be the next leader of the Labour Party?

Dianne Abbott

Diane Abbot says she entered the Labour leadership race to encourage the “broadest possible debate” and said she was confident she can get the 30 nominations needed.

“Every wing of the party should be involved in the debate,” she said. “What we had before I intervened was front runners who were all very nice, but were a little similar.”

“It is my aim to have the broadest possible debate. All the other candidates have been saying we want every voice to be heard and I’m just making that real.”

Hear more.

Have your say with David Cameron

David Cameron (Leader of the Conservative Party) invites members of the National Black Women’s Network and Sistatalk to quiz him face to face at a community public meeting on Wednesday 17th March, 7pm onwards (location confirmed upon booking).

David wants to listen to your views and answer your questions.

This is an exciting chance for you to find out what a Conservative Government will mean for YOU and your families – whether you have a view on the economy, crime, health, transport, education – the agenda for the evening will be set by you. So don’t miss out this chance to have your say.

NBWN and Sistatalk members have a unique opportunity to be part of this exclusive debate with David Cameron; So make sure you book a place and have your voice heard!

Don’t miss out, BOOK NOW! You may not have another opportunity to have your say so don’t delay – ACT NOW!

Places are limited so you will need to register for this event. If you wish to come please email Elliot Grainger at

Born in London and raised in Barbados, Elisa Caleb found her inner jazz at the 606 Club

Hat tip to Euromight

In August of 2005, Jo and I went down to the 606 Club in Chelsea because Jo and a few of our friends wanted to sit in on the top jam session run by Tim Whitehead. The clipboard was passed round so that all the musicians could register their jamming interest. That night the standard of musicians was high. And with so many great jazz musicians turning up there just to hang out and listen to music, the atmosphere was buzzing. One by one I listened to my friends play over the Jazz Standards I met when I was 14. That’s when it happened.

Read Elisa’s full bio on her website and find out about her upcomoing performances.

A Personal Take on the Cat On A Hot Tin Roof All Black Cast in London

I put the call out to become a member of the cast or production team for this production in May. A seasoned black expat friend of mine who has lived in Asia and Europe recently went to London to see the Debbie Allen directed version of the classic play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Here is the feedback.

The first two sentences of the Dec. 2nd review in the “Telegraph” by Charles Spencer sums up the essence of my insights on this production:

“I suspect there would be howls of indignation if a white theater company decided to perform a classic black play such as Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun or one of the works of August Wilson, who chronicled the black American experience in each decade of the previous century. And some will doubtless put it down to craven political correctness that there have been no corresponding complaints about a black company performing Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

(Read the full review)

Herein lies the great distinction between the black European experience and the black American experience. White Europeans are the allies of black Americans only to the extent that we are into “protest” politics and we are the angry “antagonists” to white Americans. We are supposed to be comfortable in Europe provided that we are willing to join the black European “working classes”. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof produced by a black American capitalist Stephen Byrd and directed by a black American female director, Debbie Allen, takes us out of the working class, when we bring such ownership and operation to London’s West End theater crowd.

I’ve thought about this in relation to my own family experience. Two of my grandparents were professional, financial success stories based in a racially segregated America. One had a life long career as an accountant for the oldest and largest black American insurance company. The other owned two grocery stores and a supermarket in New York. Like the white American model as opposed to the white European model, their wealth was not inherited but “self-made” wealth. The plot of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is the projected inheritance of the offspring of this wealthy “self-made” man.

White American criticism of white Europeans is one thing, but black American criticism of white Europeans is just intolerable. Herein lies the significance of your going to see the play and bringing all of your friends. The production puts white Europeans in a catch-22. “Class” has always been a pretext for disguising “racism” in Europe. It amuses when white Americans post-1965 have tried to deploy these class versus race arguments in the US. Its so ridiculous that most times within two or three sentences I’m able to get these whites to start laughing at the lunacy of their own arguments. In Europe it cuts much closer to the bone.

It doesn’t surprise me that Debbie Allen wasn’t invited to direct anything on London’s West End, until there was a Barak Obama in the American White House. I certainly realize that unlike Englands’ Queen who “lives” in her house, Obama is a mere “visitor” in the White House, but being a visitor may be all that we need to make the difference.

I personally, loved the way that the connection between finance and sexuality were interwoven into the dysfunctional marital relations of the play. I know how serious these issues are for them in reality as apart from good fiction and entertainment.

You’ve got to see it. The performance is fabulous!!

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF is playing for a strictly limited season from until Saturday 10 April 2010. Ticket prices start from only £10. I think I need to head to London’s West End again.