KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday May 16, 2016 – The Government is exploring the introduction of an entrepreneurship curriculum in schools, in a bid to foster innovation among students.
Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda, said the curriculum is expected to be introduced in all primary, secondary and tertiary institutions.
“It is critical that we sensitize young people to the need to study at an early stage about how to do business,” he said at the launch of Scotiabank’s 2016 Vision Achiever Programme.
Samuda said the Ministry has been working to encourage young persons with brilliant minds to be more innovative “and to focus on those things that we can create and call Jamaican, so that when we export them, we get the benefit of our own innovation.”
The Minister said the Government recognizes the importance of the Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs), in achieving broad-based and inclusive growth.
As such, he said the administration has been providing training and development opportunities to assist in the growth and viability of the MSME sector.
“In recent times we have been targeting MSME deficiencies in areas such as business planning, cash flow projection, management, book keeping, marketing and customer service,” he said.
Meanwhile, Samuda gave the Ministry’s full endorsement of Scotiabank’s Vision Achiever Programme which he said is in keeping with the administration’s policy of creating and enhancing business and development support and fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation.
Providing an overview of the programme, Vice President, Small and Medium Enterprises, Scotia Bank, Dudley Walters, said 25 SME operators will benefit from an intensive three-month coaching programme, designed to achieve core competencies for running a successful business.
They will be trained in sales, systemizing the business process, marketing and understanding business financials.