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Victoria Mutual to Host Open Discussion with Diaspora Community On “Jamaica…The Place of Choice to Live, Work, Raise Families and Do Business by 2030”, June 8, 2016, Florida

The Victoria Mutual Building Society’s (VMBS) Florida Representative Office is set to host its bi-annual Open Discussion at the Signature Grand, 6900 State Road 84, Davie, Florida, on Wednesday June 8, 2016.  Under the theme “Jamaica…The Place of Choice to Live, Work, Raise Families and Do Business by 2030: an economic & social perspective,” the Open Discussion will see panellists from Jamaica addressing the vision statement of the country’s National Development Plan.

Leading the panel is Courtney Campbell, President & CEO, Victoria Mutual. The other members of the panel will be William Mahfood, President, Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica; Dr. Myrton Smith, President, Medical Association of Jamaica and; Marlene Street-Forrest, General Manager, the Jamaica Stock Exchange. The event will be moderated by Christopher Denny, Vice President, Distribution, Victoria Mutual.

Courtney Campbell notes that the Open Discussion forms part of Victoria Mutual’s commitment to assisting Jamaicans to build their Financial Independence which ultimately impacts on the economic independence of  our nation.  “Vision 2030 challenges all Jamaicans to partner for the realization of the developed status for our country.  Victoria Mutual has accepted the challenge and is dedicated to playing our role in helping to achieve this status. Our mandate is to assist Jamaicans locally and overseas to build their financial independence through a process centered around homeownership.  To achieve this we create innovative products and services and encourage Jamaicans from all walks of life to adopt a saving habit coupled with sound financial principles to attain their financial goals”.

“The hosting of this forum is part of our thrust to assist Jamaicans overseas to become financially independent.  Through this forum we will speak to Vision 2030, offer pertinent information on  the Jamaican landscape, provide sound financial advice and vital information for those who are considering investment options in Jamaica and want to own a ‘piece of the rock’.  Most importantly, the discussions will also expose the opportunities available for the utilisation of their skills, resources, knowledge and expertise that can contribute to building Jamaica,” Campbell continues.

This is the third staging of the Forum and according to Suzette Rochester, Manager, VMBS – Florida Representative Office, it is well received and is highly anticipated by Members of the Diaspora.

Rochester says “our Diaspora Members and Friends of the Diaspora anticipate our Open Discussions as they are known to be helpful and informative. It is with this in mind that we selected this year’s theme and speakers. We wanted to highlight the plans being undertaken to ensure the achievement of developed status for the island and how they can become involved. Our panellists were carefully selected and have in-depth knowledge and expertise in their related fields. They will bring to the table valuable insights on various sectors of the economy ranging from health to finance.”

As part of the evening’s schedule, patrons who are considering purchasing properties in Jamaica will also be able to meet and interact with housing developers, including GORE, Kemtek and Richmond Developments.

Registration begins at 5:00p.m. with the discussion commencing at 6:45p.m. Persons may also pre-register online at, or contact the VMBS – Florida Representative Office at 305-770-2654 for further information.

To add to the excitement of the evening, patrons will have the opportunity to win one of two gate prizes which include a weekend for two at the Holiday Inn in Jamaica and a weekend cruise for two to the Bahamas, courtesy of Holiday Inn and Island Expert Travel.

Victoria Mutual Building Society boasts a Group asset base of J$ 103,638 billon as at December 2015. Currently, its Florida Representative Office operates with the mandate to assist the Diaspora community in building their Financial Independence through a wide range of products and services offered through Victoria Mutual in Jamaica.

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