Government of Jamaica

The MSME is

A catalyst for community development

…through social development and social stability.

Communities are faced with several social challenges driven by a general deterioration in the country’s social capital. However, communities can be positively impacted by the emergence of the social enterprise business model. Social enterprises are agents for development and can play an important role in maintaining community infrastructure and providing services for the community while solving social issues. A focus to support the work of social enterprises and to promote social value creation will contribute to increased employment and inclusion among the most marginalized members of society (rural women, youth and persons with disabilities), resulting in sustainable income.

What is a Social Enterprise?

A social enterprise is a business driven by a social mission. The mission is defined as ‘purpose’ rather than profit driven. Profits are primarily reinvested in the social mission.

The Social Economy and social enterprises are supported by the Ministry through the MSME Division and the MSME & Entrepreneurship Policy in chapter 9, “Social Value Creation.


PDF icon Message in recognition of International MSME Day 2020
Document Category: Speeches
Date Published: 26 Jun 2020

The Ministry

Welcome to the official website of the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce.

The Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce is described as Jamaica's "Business Ministry." It's mandate is to lead the development of policies that will create growth and jobs, while achieving social inclusion and consumer protection. The Ministry, working its stakeholders is primarily responsible for business policy development, monitoring and evaluation, while giving direction and oversight to a cluster of implementing departments and agencies.

We have, therefore, placed much energy and enthusiasm into the development of this website to provide timely information on the Ministry, our agencies and programmes.


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