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New Building Code to Minimise Damage Caused by Disasters

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government is in the final stages of enacting a new building code aimed at reducing the vulnerability of Jamaica’s built environment. At the Caribbean Urban Forum 2018, which was held at the University of Technology (UTech) on June…

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JAMPRO Facilitating Marketing Activities to Attract Investments

Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) has been facilitating several marketing activities as part of ongoing efforts to attract investments and promote local products. This is being pursued through engagements such as trade shows, conferences and international missions that are tailored for specific target investors and designed to gain access to existing…

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JAMPRO Taking Steps to Improve Investment Facilitation

The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) has been coordinating various initiatives to improve efficiency and effectiveness in facilitating investment projects and activities. Addressing a JIS Think Tank on June 26, President of JAMPRO, Diane Edwards, said that the entity has reviewed its three-year development plan and established new strategies to build…

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JIF Hailed A Success: JAMPRO Says Opportunities for Major Investments

The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is reporting that the recently held Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF) was a success and has created opportunities for sound investment projects. The forum, held from June 12 to 14 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, focused on six priority sectors – agri-business,…

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Jampro takes Agricultural Information Forum to Mobay

The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) will be heading west for the second staging of the Agricultural Information Forum, aimed at promoting investments in that sector. The event will be held on July 10 at the Iberostar Beach & Spa Resort in Montego Bay, St. James, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00…

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Jamaica must stake claim on local marijuana strains

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the country must stake its claim on all local strains of marijuana for research and development. Jamaica, it is said, has some of the best or finest marijuana strains in the world, which include the Jamaican Lamb’s Breath (or…

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Government to Move Faster On Cannabis

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he will be moving to ensure that Jamaica is not left behind in the growing global medical cannabis industry. He noted that while Jamaica has only decriminalised the use of up to two ounces of marijuana and issued a…

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Minister Shaw Pledges to Protect Local Manufacturers

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he will be ensuring that measures are put in place to protect local manufacturers. “As Minister, I am going to be taking a careful, forensic look, industry by industry, product by product, to make sure that there is a…

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Report of the Commission to Review Jamaica’s Relations Within CARICOM

As the Minister with responsibility for agriculture, the manufacturing sector, fisheries, the distributive trade and investment promotion; that is, practically the entire goods producing sector of the economy, I rise to support the resolution now being debated. Mr. Speaker, it is necessary to revisit the rationale and objective of the…

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ISO Quality Systems Implementation Technicians Called on to be Agents of Change

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has encouraged the recently contracted ISO Quality Systems Implementation Technicians (QSITs/Junior Consultants) to be true agents of transformation in Jamaica. The ISO QSITs are contracted under the Strategic Public Sector Transformation Project of the Ministry of Finance and the Public…

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Rum Manufacturers Encouraged to Partner More With Sugar Cane Farmers

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is calling on rum-manufacturing companies to return to the tradition of partnering more with sugar cane farmers and to use more local products in their processing operations. During a tour of National Rums of Jamaica Limited and Clarendon Distillers Limited…

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New Features for Denbigh 2018

This year’s staging of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show, scheduled to run from August 4 to 6,  will include several new features to enhance the spectacle of the event, while promoting the country’s agricultural sector. The event, under the theme: ‘Grow what we eat, eat what we grow:…

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Feasibility Study for Irrigation System to Serve Pedro Plains Farmers

Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw ( right), listens to a point being made by Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) President, Norman Grant, at the launch of the 66th staging of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show, at the Hi-Pro Supercentre in White Marl, St. Catherine on June 15.

Feasibility studies are being done for the establishment of an irrigation system that will take water from the Black River to supply farmers in the Pedro Plains of St. Elizabeth. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, said the proposed project could bring millions of dollars in investments…

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Local Rum Manufacturing Companies Encouraged to Market Products in Region

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is encouraging local rum-manufacturing companies to produce more high-quality products and market them within the Caribbean region. During a factory tour of National Rums of Jamaica and Clarendon Distillers Limited in Lionel Town, Clarendon, on June 14, Mr. Shaw said…

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Jamaica’s Energy Diversification Programme Bearing Fruit

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the early decision to move aggressively towards energy diversification makes Jamaica less susceptible to the volatility of oil prices in the global market. He noted that developments in liquefied natural gas (LNG), wind and solar will provide a total…

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Fisheries Minister Says Local Fishermen Must Take Advantage of Deep-Sea Resources

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says local fishermen should focus less on nearshore practices and instead take advantage of opportunities offered out in the deep ocean. Addressing reporters at JAMPRO’s third staging of the Jamaica Investment Forum at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James,…

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National Investment Policy to be Tabled This Fiscal Year

The National Investment Policy, poised as the pivotal blueprint through which the Government will attract and facilitate investments, is expected to be tabled in Parliament as a Green Paper this fiscal year. A series of national consultations will also be conducted to further bolster the policy. This is according to…

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Electronic Platform Being Developed to Facilitate Investments

The Government has started development of two complementary electronic platforms that will enable increased efficiency in the investment and exporting sectors. The platforms are the National Business Portal (NBP) and the National Trade Portal. This was announced by Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, during his…

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Employers Must Engage Workers – Industry Minister

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says that for Jamaica to achieve and maximise its full economic potential, employers must involve workers in everything they do. The Minister, who was addressing the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF) 36th Annual Business & Workplace Convention at the Moon Palace…

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