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JIPO to Stage Creativity Expo on April 24

The Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) will be staging a Creativity Expo on April 24, which will showcase examples of Jamaican ingenuity in the areas of copyright and related rights. The one-day event, slated for Emancipation Park in Kingston from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., is part of activities to…

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Bureau of Standards to Revise Legislation on Weights and Measures

The Bureau of Standards will be revising legislation on weights and measures this year, with the aim of putting a modern Metrology Act in place. The objective is to ensure accuracy in the measurement of bulk commodities in the marketplace, said Executive Director of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ),…

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JTI Stages Business Formalisation Workshop

Jamaica Trade and Invest's (JTI) Export Centre and Business Information Point (EC/BIP) facility, in association with the Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ) and the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO), will stage a workshop on Business Formalisation Guidelines, Tuesday, April 21, at JTI's office, Trafalgar Road, Kingston. The workshop aims to…

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Import/Export Centre Coming June… PM Discloses

Prime Minister Bruce Golding, has disclosed that a one stop centre to clear food and chemicals entering and leaving the island, will be opened in June. The Prime Minister was responding to questions from the Standing Finance Committee in Parliament on April 14. Noting that the details of the facility…

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PM Says Import/Export Centre Coming in June

Prime Minister Bruce Golding has disclosed that a one stop centre to clear food and chemicals entering and leaving Jamaica, will be opened in June. Mr. Golding was responding to questions at the meeting of the Standing Finance Committee of the House of Representatives at Gordon House today (April 14),…

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JIPO Celebrates Intellectual Property Week, April 20-26

The Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) will observe Intellectual Property (IP) Week from April 20 to 26, under the theme: 'Creativity: Protect. Collect. Respect.' Speaking at Thursday's(April 9) JIS Think Tank session, Manager of the Copyright and Related Rights Directorate at JIPO, Philippa Davies, explained that the observance of the…

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New Export Centre in Linstead Should Boost Exports/Production

A new Export Centre and Business Information Point (ECBIP) in Linstead, St. Catherine is expected to boost production in the area and increase exports. The Centre is located at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority's (RADA) parish office in Vanity Fair, Linstead, and will bring vital business information services closer home…

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JBDC Stages 2-day Business Clinic in Montego Bay

The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), is inviting small business operators and business interests in western Jamaica, to attend a two-day business clinic and sensitisation session at the Civic Centre in Montego Bay, St. James, on April 7 and 8. Dubbed 'Capitalising on today's Business Opportunities for tomorrow's Prosperity,' the…

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Local Labs Urged to Get Accredited to International Standards

Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Michael Stern, has called on operators of local laboratories to get their facilities accredited to international standards. He was speaking at the culmination of a three-day accreditation training seminar, which was convened by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation…

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Samuda Urges More Focus on Exports

Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Karl Samuda, has urged manufacturers to place greater focus on producing goods for export to earn much needed foreign exchange for Jamaica. He said that while engaging in manufacturing for local consumption is good, it is not good enough to have products that are not…

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Samuda to Study One-Stop Business Facilities in Canada

Minister of Industry, Investment, and Commerce Karl Samuda, is to visit Canada in April, to look at one-stop facilities created to support business development. He will be looking for measures that can be adopted and implemented in Jamaica, against the background of challenges arising in facilitating the growth of business…

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Maximizing Profits through Intellectual Property Protection

Global News Products Incorporated is launching a symposium entitled Protect Your Profits: Maximizing Profits through Intellectual Property Protection on April 26, 2009 (10AM - 3PM) at the Hilton Kingston Hotel. The conference aims to provide a forum for the discussion of practical ways in which Jamaican businesses can boost their…

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Jamaica had Good Showing at London Food and Drink Show

Jamaica had a successful showing at the just concluded International Food and Drink Event (IFE) in London, with manufacturers and exporters meeting and booking orders with European distributors. "All the exporters (from Jamaica) had meetings with potential distributors and in some cases have had orders. There has been a positive…

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National Export Strategy on Stream for April 1 Implementation Date

After years of intense deliberations on the much-anticipated National Export Strategy, Government and stakeholders in the export sector have hammered out the final draft of the document to guide the all-important industry. Stakeholders in the export sector today (March 17) assembled at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, to validate…

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Export Sector Stakeholders Urged to Retool

Minister of Industry, Investment, and Commerce, Karl Samuda, has made an impassioned appeal to stakeholders in the export sector, to embark on an urgent retooling exercise. Speaking today (March 17), at the validation session of the National Export Strategy, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Mr. Samuda sought to mobilise…

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Stern Calls for Greater Investment in ICT in the Region

Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment, and Commerce, Michael Stern, has suggested that governments and business communities in the region work together to capitalize on emerging opportunities in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry. "Despite difficult times, we need not be unnecessarily pessimistic. What we need…

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EU’s Private Sector Development Programme Assists Over 500 Small Businesses

Over 500 micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), across the island, have benefited from a suite of technical services provided under the Private Sector Development Programme (PSDP) over the past five years. These enterprises span a number of sectors, including agro-business, the creative industries, tourism, and the services sectors. A…

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Charles Encourages Jamaicans to Invest in the Country

Minister of Labour and Social Security Pearnel Charles has encouraged Jamaicans to invest more in the country, to provide jobs for those who need it. "You cannot have jobs without expansion of investment or new investment, (and) you cannot invite people to come to your country to create jobs, to…

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Samuda Pledges More Support for Consumers

Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Karl Samuda, has pledged the government's continued support in keeping consumers informed, so as to exercise greater intelligence in their purchasing decisions. In his message to mark World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) tomorrow (March 15) under the theme: 'Be a Smart Consumer...Empower Yourself', the…

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CAC Secured $19.7 Million for Aggrieved Customers Last Year

The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) has secured a total of $19.7 million on behalf of aggrieved consumers for the 2008 calendar year, said Chief Executive Officer of the organisation, Dolsie Allen. In an interview with JIS News, Mrs. Allen informed that the sum was for the settlement of 1,443 of…

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