Data: the fuel powering business innovation in the fourth industrial revolution Using location data to create value and wealth

Some estimates say the global market for core geographical information will exceed $13bn (£9.6bn) by 2025.   – Consultancy firm Navigant. It is easy to see why many claim that data is the new oil. And it’s true. The use of data to power business is everywhere and growing.  Just “think of Uber, Deliveroo, Airbnb, the development of driverless cars, and

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Introducing my new e-book: Economic Zones: Special Tools For Development Placing Jamaica's Special Economic Zone Development In Context

The wait is over, my first e-book is here. Click here or see below: Now that Jamaica has embarked on its own modern SEZ programme will it be transformational for the Jamaican people and their economy or will it be a spectacular failure? By all indications, and as will be explained in the contents below, the former seems to be true.  Jamaica

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The one thing you must do to compete in this globalized world Connect, Connect, Connect...global value chains and logistics

Competitiveness, in our globalized world, be it as an individual or business or nation-state, is  increasingly based ones ability to understand, connect  and maneuver within and between the various networks that make the world work.  Now you understand why global value chains (GVC) and logistics are two obsessions of mine.   Related Posts:My random, well maybe not so random, thoughts

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My random, well maybe not so random, thoughts on Special Economic Zones Why are SEZs so important to Jamaica?

Excited about SEZs: The nerd meets the lawyer Maybe its the nerd, sorry, I mean lawyer in me that gets so excited to talk about Special Economic Zone development models….its all about structuring the deal.   On a personal note the development of Jamaica’s Special Economic Zone Regime has not only been an interesting one but professionally truly gratifying having

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Law as a tool for development: my thoughts on Arbitration being used as a tool for economic development in Jamaica Arbitration, legislation with endless possibilities, so why not Jamaica?

Abraham Lincoln once said that: “great things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” I had the good fortune of recently attending an arbitration conference in Jamaica (August 28). This was the first of its kind, and hopefully to become an annual event – International Chamber of Commerce: Boosting the use of Arbitration

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Is entrepreneurship the solution to global youth unemployment? Part II My interview with Carsten Lexa President of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs´ Alliance, Germany

The magic of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and other digital platforms is changing the way we do business, the way we work and the very nature of work itself. In this digital age these technologies present exciting opportunities to tackle global youth unemployment. A brief discussion of these technologies is how Part I of my interview with a  friend

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Is entrepreneurship the solution to global youth unemployment? Part I My interview with Carsten Lexa President of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs´ Alliance, Germany

Youth unemployment is on the rise globally. So what are the solutions? Before we get into the answer to that question let us take a quick glace at the problem. According to the  International Labour Organization (ILO), an organ of the United Nations (UN), “estimates that the global youth unemployment rate is expected to reach 13.1 per cent in 2016

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Momentum maintained on solidifying Singaporean assistance to Jamaica on special economic zone development

It is always gratifying to see one’s work in contributing to Jamaica’s national development take positive steps forward. Met Jamaican PM @andrewholnessjm, who is visiting Singapore for the first time today. We discussed possible cooperation in trade, infrastructure and urban planning. Jamaica is famous for its celebrities (sprinter Usain Bolt and musician Bob Marley), music, and beautiful beaches. But the

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What are Special Economic Zones?

Special economic zones (SEZ) are not a panacea for nation’s economic and developmental challenges. However, they are proven tools, if implemented correctly, to rapidly diversify a country’s industrial base, attract foreign direct investment (FDI), increase job creation and improve economic growth. Examples of such success range from Singapore, to  China (the factory of the world), to Ethiopia( the fastest growing

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