In its initiative to become the Internet hub for the Caribbean, Jamaica has acquired some of the highest capacity Internet technology available, Patricia Francis, president of Jamaica Promotions Corp. (JAMPRO), told GlobalFax in an interview.

The president of the country’s export and investment promotions agency was here to speak at a conference to promote Caribbean-Atlanta business relations on Dec. 3.

Jamaica’s investment in a rare high capacity Internet node, its fiber optic connections and satellite will make doing business internationally much more viable in that country, Ms. Francis said.

“We hope that this infrastructure will interest Atlanta companies and we would be pleased to receive a delegation that would help us move up the scale,” she said.

With a 30% lower operating cost than in the U.S., the island has successful call centers for credit card and insurance companies and software development production, said Ms. Francis.

U.S. insurance companies’ healthcare settlements are made and Boeing airplane records are currently being digitized by Jamaican workers, she added.

      With the development of Caricom, a free-trade zone that will include all Caribbean countries underway, Jamaica wants to distinguish itself early as the region’s information technology center, Ms. Francis explained. The single market that will knock out all trade barriers among the islands is expected to be operating by November, she said.

      Ms. Francis and JAMPRO can be reached by telephone at (876) 929-7190 or by fax at (876) 960-8082. Visit their Web site at