The Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) is retrofitting more than 63,000 square feet of space at the Montego Bay Free Zone for outsourcing and other operations. Making the announcement on Thursday, February 28, at a breakfast forum in Montego Bay, State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, said the move is part of continued efforts by the Government to capitalise on the growth of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry and attract more businesses. She stated that the sector is on a growth path and will be delivering some 10,000 jobs over the next three years. The State Minister said that ICT plays a crucial role in the Jamaican economy as an employment creator, and the development of the industry is an important part of the National Development Plan. “Under Vision 2030, the aim is to develop an advanced ICT industry capable of achieving sustained global competitiveness, driven by private sector investment,” she noted.She stated that the Government has also been working on legislation and other measures to protect the industry, including the Data Protection Act, amendments to the Electronics Transactions Act and the Cybercrimes Act and the establishment of a single regulator for the ICT sector. “This will help to maintain the high level of security, which is critical to maintaining the confidence of both consumers and providers,” Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams said. In his contribution, State Minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, said there is high demand for ICT services in Jamaica. State Minister Robinson pledged that the Government “will do whatever is required to ensure that the sector gets the support”. “Going back 10 years… Jamaica is a proven location for the best in the world. We have more companies looking to come here than we have space,” he said. Meanwhile, in his presentation, President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, Davon Crump, said that the ICT industry has become very important to the economic survival of the west. “We want to see our ICT industry develop into a model of international acclaim of which we can boast and claim it to be our success,” he said. The breakfast forum, held at Sandals Montego Bay, was organised by the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ). The group was formed late last year to ensure the proper representation of operations in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)/ICT sector, and promote and enhance investment in an industry, which has become a major employer.
The Lovato Treatment Scholarship and premier grocery chains Food4Less in Southern California and FoodsCo in Central and Northern California have joined forces to launch an innovative promotion to offer California shoppers an opportunity to digitally unlock an exclusive virtual reality performance of Demi Lovato at the legendary Troubadour in Hollywood, California during the first-ever Lovato Treatment Benefit concert.The concert supported The Lovato Treatment Scholarship program which helps raise awareness and cover treatment costs for those suffering from mental health and addiction issues.Launched on August 19 and running through September 15 via DigitalFood, the free mobile app for Food4Less and Foods Co. shoppers, customers and “Lovatics” that purchase select Nestle Waters, Farmer John and Kelloggs Pop-Tarts brand products can unlock the exclusive virtual reality performance by scanning their receipt directly in the app. Upon accessing the DigitalFood app, shoppers will be greeted with a message featuring information about The Lovato Treatment Scholarship along with in-app instructions to unlock the exclusive virtual reality performance, which features two live renditions of her hits Warrior and Skyscraper.To support complete VR functionality and viewing, for the first time in grocery retail history, Food4Less is making virtual reality available and affordable to the masses by offering VOGGLZ companion viewer to enhance the virtual reality experience for shoppers. VOGGLZ, which was inspired by the open source designs of Google Cardboard, will be available for purchase in Food4Less Southern California and FoodsCo stores for a limited time at an unprecedented $2.99 USD, marking an industry first for widespread availability of virtual reality technology in brick and mortar establishments.“I’m thrilled to collaborate with Food4Less in support of The Lovato Treatment Scholarship”, says Demi Lovato, “This year’s benefit concert marked a very important milestone in my life and I’m excited to share this special performance in virtual reality to help raise awareness and funds for mental health and addiction issues.”For more information about the program, visit www.digitalfood.com. The DigitalFood App is now available for free download for iPhone and Android devices and currently provides Food4Less and Foods Co. shoppers with exclusive marketing sweepstakes, music and video content, partner recipes and now, an exclusive augmented reality platform.