The third annual Outsource2Jamaica 2021 Conference and Expo is expected to connect international investors with local service providers within the Global Services Sector (GSS), which continues to make a significant contribution to Jamaica’s economic development.
The event is being organised by the Global Services Association of Jamaica (GSAJ) and will be held on June 11 and 12, under the theme, “Back to the Future”.
It is expected to bring together a diverse group of global experts, local entrepreneurs, government officials, sector leaders, buyers and service providers.
In highlighting the impact of the annual conference, president of the GSAJ, Gloria Henry, said that investors who have attended the previous conferences have since started businesses in Jamaica.
Henry believes everyone stands to gain from attending this year’s event which will be presented digitally, online and through virtual reality.
“We’ve had several service providers who have managed to negotiate and receive new contracts with existing operators in Jamaica, so I think it is an opportunity to expand the services value chain and to extend the linkages in Jamaica,” she said.
“There would be great opportunities for entrepreneurs who are looking to understand more about the business, for them to connect with influencers within the space,” Henry noted.
One of the highlights for this year’s staging will be a virtual expo that will allow exhibitors to have digitally designed 360 panoramic booths.
Exhibitors will be able to showcase their products in 3D format as well as promote services with digital branding and virtual presentations. They can interact and engage the audience through live presentations and chat features within their exhibit space.
Futuristic technology features will be utilised, as virtual reality booth tours can be done through the use of a VR headset.
Participants will be able to utilise the chat feature, watch video presentations, have one on one meetings, and take advantage of gamification opportunities and features to win prizes.
“Most of what we do is technology and solutions-driven, so we are going to put some of those technologies and solutions to the test by creating a virtual reality type space so that attendees will not miss the whole physical space feel that we’ve given them for the last two years,” Henry said.
There will be several panel discussions over the two days, including a look at emerging trends in the GSS.
Senator Aubyn Hill will be giving a general overview of the business climate for the GSS or the Business Process Industry as it is more commonly called.
The keynote address will be given by innovation consultant, Paul Sloane, who has consistently inspired professionals to become more creative and influential in their respective industries.
Other presenters for this event will be Henry, in her capacity as GSAJ president, the honorary consul for Jamaica, Dr Elaine Bryan, managing director for Flow Jamaica, Stephen Price, managing director and founder for Nearshore Americas, Kirk Laughlin, principal for Ryan Strategic Advisory, Peter Ryan, president of the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Diane Edwards, chairman and founder of ItelBPO, Yoni Epstein and founder and chief executive officer of Gift of Financial Freedom and Hope (GOFFAH), Odetta Rockhead-Kerr.