Ambassador Curtis Ward to deliver keynote address at ICAJ Business Webinar

Former Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative for Jamaica to the United Nations Curtis Ward, will deliver the keynote address at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) Annual Business Webinar on October 8 & 9, 2020. Ambassador Ward will speak on the topic From Globalization to Populism. He will explore factors driving this change, and the implications of the shift to a nationalist perspective by leading trading partners such as China, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, on small, import-dependent economies like Jamaica.


Ambassador Ward has extensive knowledge and experience in national and international legal and policy frameworks for effective implementation of UN and other international anti-terrorism mandates. His expertise includes capacity building in the legal and administrative requirements for effective implementation and enforcement of anti-money laundering and countering terrorism financing.

Other presenters at the ICAJ 2020 Business Webinar include Professor Densil Williams, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI’s) Five Islands Campus (located in Antigua and Barbuda). He will examine Jamaica’s current economic reality and response, against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic and key macro-economic assumptions related to planning, budgeting, and forecasting for 2021 and beyond. 

He will be joined by George Willie, Managing Partner of the accounting firm Bert Smith & Co., USA; Christopher Reckord, Chief Executive Officer, tTech Limited and Professor Wendel Abel of the Department of Community Health and Psychiatry, UWI, among others. The Business Webinar forms part of activities to mark Chartered Accountants’ Week and will be held under the theme “Preserving our Legacy…Charting our Future Success.” The programme has been designed to focus on issues of interest to businesses operating in small, vulnerable, open economies such as Jamaica, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other areas of focus include cybersecurity from a national, corporate and individual perspective; unexpected disasters and the robustness of business continuity plans; as well as how will accountants balance optimism vis a viz realism in delivering
assurance to stakeholders.

The 2-day Business Webinar runs from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday October 8 and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday October 9. It will be streamed live from the ICAJ Secretariat. Registration is now open via the ICAJ website:; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (876) 929-5468.  

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Maxine Francis

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