By |2023-08-21T01:48:25+00:00August 21st, 2023|Uncategorized|

Q: What are the requirements to be eligible for the J-1 Summer Work and Travel (SWT) visa? A: The US Embassy in Jamaica adjudicates the largest number of SWT applicants worldwide. The following are required to be eligible: You must be currently enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited, post-secondary, classroom-based academic institution You [...]

Artificial intelligence and your business

By |2023-06-15T16:06:14+00:00June 15th, 2023|Uncategorized|

In November 2022, OpenAI released ChatGPT and it has recently become available to Apple iOS users in Jamaica. ChatGPT is arguably now the most popular generative artificial intelligence (AI) and its use in Jamaica is growing rapidly. While ChatGPT is taking the world by storm, AI is already integrated into our daily lives, in fact [...]

BCIC embarks on ‘mission clarity’

By |2023-06-15T15:40:20+00:00June 15th, 2023|Uncategorized|

The British Caribbean Insurance Company Ltd (BCIC) has committed to be clear, open and customer-focused in its communications by rewriting its policy booklets in ‘plain language’. A document written in plain language is easy for the reader to read, understand, and act on. The first phase of the company’s plain-language commitment is its new Home Cover [...]

9 alternative health-care financing models for Jamaican informal sector operators

By |2023-06-15T15:10:06+00:00June 15th, 2023|Uncategorized|

IN low-resource nations like Jamaica, there are several health-care financing models that could mitigate the various limitations of traditional health insurance and could be potentially beneficial for patients, especially the very large pool of patients in the informal economic sectors. These options aim to increase access to health-care services and reduce financial barriers. When considering [...]

Farming made smart

By |2023-05-15T12:59:29+00:00May 15th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Business Farming made smart BY CODIE-ANN BARRETT Senior business reporter barrettc@jamaicaobserver.com May 10, 2023 12:01 am 2 comments · Make a comment Rotary drones used to spray a farm. THE Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) is trying to get farmers to come together and utilise technology to predict plant deficiencies with the use of [...]


By |2023-02-23T19:17:29+00:00February 23rd, 2023|Press Releases, Uncategorized|

Summary of Monetary Policy Discussion and Decision - February 2023 At its meeting on 16 and 17 February 2023, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) unanimously decided to increase by one percentage point (pp) the domestic and the foreign currency Cash Reserve Requirements (CRRs) applicable to deposit-taking institutions (DTIs), effective 01 April 2023. This decision represents [...]

CIB grows coconut farming beyond eastern Jamaica

By |2023-02-23T14:31:54+00:00February 23rd, 2023|news, Uncategorized|

Shaun Cameron (second right, standing), general manager, Coconut Industry Board, addressing stakeholders at the Coconut Growers' Association in August 2022. (Photo: Karl Mclarty) FACED with the ever-present threat of the lethal yellowing and bud rot diseases which have depleted the coconut stock in Jamaica, the Coconut Industry Board (CIB) is seeking to expand the coconut-growing [...]

New portal for stock market investors

By |2023-02-20T21:41:53+00:00February 20th, 2023|news, Uncategorized|

Investors who hold stocks, bonds and other securities and have them deposited at the Jamaica Central Securities Depository, now have a web-based portal that can take care of queries about their accounts and give real-time updates on securities that they have deposited with the JCSD. The platform was installed by Developers Software Architects Limited [...]

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