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Minister Shaw Endorses Proposed Jamaica Social Stock Exchange

Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, has endorsed the proposed establishment of the Jamaica Social Stock Exchange [JSSE]. This is being initiated by the Jamaica Stock Exchange [JSE] as part of its corporate social responsibility. The endeavour aims to create a platform that lists the country’s social…

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Investor Discussions Progressing on Long Pond and Monymusk Operations

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says progress is being made in discussions involving the Government and private investors regarding the operation of the Monymsk and Long Pond sugar factories in Clarendon and Trelawny, respectively. He also stated that proposals and options for the processing of…

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MSME Sector an Important Driver of Growth – Minister Shaw

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector represents one of the greatest growth potentials for Jamaica. He noted that data from the Tax Administration of Jamaica (TAJ) for 2015 show that approximately 97.6 per cent of classified taxpayers…

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Minister Shaw Urges Community Tourism Stakeholders to Embrace Airbnb

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has called for the increased integration of Airbnb operations into community tourism offerings. He noted that the Airbnb concept is being embraced in places like Trench Town in St. Andrew, and “we want to see it accelerated” in order to…

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Jamaicans Encouraged to Give More Support to Local Food Producers

Jamaicans are being encouraged to give more support to local food producers, as this creates opportunities for the diversification of farms, and places greater focus on value-added products, micro and small business development and job creation. The call comes from Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw,…

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Bamboo Being Explored As A Substitute for Plastic, Styrofoam

Bamboo is being explored as a possible alternative to the production of plastic and styrofoam containers as the Government embarks on a policy to ban the use of the materials. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, said the Government will be…

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Employers Encouraged to Maintain Good Relations with Employees

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is calling on employers to maintain good relations with their employees, given that a local study has revealed that approximately 24 per cent of employees are disengaged. “The National Employee Engagement Report Jamaica 2016, which was designed and executed by…

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Agriculture Minister Says Some Sugar Cane Lands Will be Used for Other Crops

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has reiterated that some lands that were once used for sugar-cane production will soon be rationalised for the growing of other crops. Speaking at the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) Employee Engagement Conference 2018, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in…

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Gov’t Standardising Bamboo Industry to Spur Investment

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, has expressed a commitment to standardising the expanding bamboo industry in a way that encourages investment and safeguards protected bamboo spaces. The Minister, who was addressing a JIS Think Tank on Wednesday (October 17), said…

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Gov’t Committed to Strengthening Quality Infrastructure

Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon Audley Shaw, says the Government remains dedicated to strengthening the country’s regulatory, standardisation and conformity framework to facilitate trade, accelerate economic development and improve the quality of life for all Jamaicans. His remarks were delivered by Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Andrene…

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Minister Shaw Calls for Increased Investment in Agriculture

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is calling for a ramping up of private-sector investment in agriculture in order to ensure the nation’s food security and to meet global demand. This comes against the background of projections that world food needs will increase significantly over the…

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Agriculture Minister Calls on Farmers to Utilise New Irrigation Technology

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has called on farmers to utilise new irrigation technology to improve crop quality and to increase production. Mr. Shaw said of the close to 200,000 acres of irrigable lands in Jamaica, about 12 to 13 per cent have been irrigated,…

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Agricultural Sector Can Produce More for School-Feeding Programme – Shaw

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the agricultural sector can produce and make more local foods available to support students through the School-Feeding Programme. “There are several agricultural products in which we have already achieved 100 per cent market share that could be used in…

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JAMPRO Collating Recommendations on Draft National Investment Policy

Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is seeking to finalise the collation of stakeholder recommendations from consultations now under way with key government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), on the draft National Investment Policy (NIP) Green Paper by the end of the week. Vice President of JAMPRO, Shullette Cox, said this is…

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Agro-Economic Zone for Holland Estate

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Investment, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, says a major agro-economic zone is to be established at the Holland Estate in St. Elizabeth. He made the disclosure at a recent handover ceremony for the expanded Middlesex Infant School in Holland Bamboo, in…

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Montego Bay Chamber Supports Pending Plastic and Styrofoam Ban

President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Winston Lawson, says some of its members have commenced sourcing alternative packaging material as the business group moves to support Government’s pending ban on the use of specific categories of plastic. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth…

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EU Provides Funding to Develop Forest Sector

Some 14 million Euros will be spent by the Forestry Department to implement a National Forest Management and Conservation Plan, which is a 10-year blueprint for the building of a vibrant, sustainable and climate-resilient forest sector. The plan is being financed under the Budget Support Programme of the 11th European…

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Jamaica makes First Shipment of Medical Marijuana Extract Oil to Canada

The Honourable Audley Shaw, Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, is pleased to announce Jamaica’s first legal export of medical marijuana extracted oil to Canada. The shipment to Canada was authorized through an import permit issued by the Government of Canada through Health Canada for Jamaica and an export…

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Jamaicans Urged to Share Positive Customer Service Experiences

Chairman of the Jamaica Customer Service Association (JaCSA), Dr. Nsombi Jaja, is encouraging Jamaicans to recognise and celebrate service providers who, despite constraints, continue to deliver excellent customer service. “The lens that we look through will determine what we see, and if you are looking for negative customer service, you…

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Producers Encouraged to Design Goods for Expanding Markets

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is imploring Jamaican producers to design goods for expanding international markets that are interested in items from the island. Addressing the Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (MSME) National Policy Implementation Committee (NPIC) quarterly meeting, held at The Knutsford Court Hotel…

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