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Cabinet has approved the revised Jamaica Country Strategy for the Adaptation of the Sugar Industry: Year 2006 to 2020 (JCS II), which will replace the Jamaica Country Strategy for the Adaptation of the Sugar Industry: Year 2006 to 2015 (JCS I).
This was disclosed by Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, at yesterday’s (September 23) post-Cabinet press briefing, at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kingston.
He informed that the JCS I was developed in order to deal with the impact of the reform of the European Union’s sugar regime, which included a reduction in the price paid for sugar exported by African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries by 36 per cent, by the end of 2009.
“After re-examination of the strategy in light of experience and current circumstances, to ensure its continued relevance, the JCS II was developed to replace JCS I,” Minister Vaz informed.
The Minister noted further that the goals of the Jamaica Country Strategy for the Adaptation of the Sugar Industry: Year 2006 to 2020, are to develop and maintain a sustainable private sector-led sugar cane industry; strengthen the economic diversification, social resilience and environmental sustainability of sugar dependent areas; and maintain progress towards the Government’s macro-economic goals.
Additionally, JCS II gives details on the phases for the development of the sector. Phase I looks at ‘Transition’ which would cover the period 2006/2007 to 2009/2010; Phase II, ‘Transformation’, over the period 2010/2011 to 2014/2015; and Phase III, ‘Consolidation’, over the 2015/2016 to 2019/2020 period.
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, is expected to table a Ministry Paper on the matter, in Parliament, at a later date.

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