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Bernard Lodge Master Plan Enterprise Team Named

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz, has announced the Enterprise Team that will lead the Bernard Lodge Master Plan. Minister Vaz named the team during the Post Cabinet Press Briefing on Wednesday, December 5, at Jamaica House. Members are: Mr Joseph Shoucair,…

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Five More Companies Recommended to Operate Under SEZ Regime

The Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA) has recommended five additional companies for approval to operate under the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) regime, and is negotiating with another 40 that have expressed an interest. Chairman, Metry Seaga, tells JIS News that the JSEZA Board took the decision to recommend the…

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Several Achievements under Global Fuel Economy Project

Senior Director in the Environment and Risk Management Division of the Economic Growth and Job Creation Ministry, Gillian Guthrie, says several outcomes have emerged from Jamaica’s implementation of the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) Project. They include development of a National Auto Fuel Economy Database to examine vehicle fuel efficiency…

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Kingston Wharves Limited Undertaking $100M Drainage Upgrade

Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL) will be fast-tracking the $100-million upgrade of its drainage system, which is slated to begin in mid-January 2019. Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Grantley Stephenson, advised that a collapsed drain and heavy rainfall in October, which flooded several roads in the vicinity of KWL, prompted the entity’s…

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Activities Being Streamlined in Areas Around Kingston Port

A special working group is being established to develop a comprehensive plan aimed at streamlining activities in the areas immediately around the Port of Kingston. The issues to be addressed include parking restrictions, enforcement and traffic management to prevent the haphazard parking of motor vehicles; the relocation of vendors to…

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Chesterfield Drive Extension to Spur Economic Activities

The Government has welcomed the opening of the new Chesterfield Drive extension road for its potential to create jobs and economic activities that spur economic growth. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, said opening up the area can facilitate the extension…

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JSEZA and JAMPRO Sign MOU

The Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA) and Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) have strengthened their partnership in a bid to attract increased investments to the country, as the Government moves to reposition the island as the fourth node in the global logistics supply chain. The JSEZA’s Chairman, Metry Seaga, and…

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1.5 Million Used Tyres Being Removed from Riverton Landfill

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, says the Government is embarking on a project to remove approximately 1.5 million used tyres from the Riverton Landfill in St. Andrew. Mr. Vaz says the project’s details are being finalised by Cabinet, with plans…

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Increased Canadian Investments in Jamaica Being Encouraged

Montego Bay’s Mayor, Councillor Homer Davis, is encouraging more Canadian businesses to invest in Jamaica. “We encourage Canadians to see Jamaica as a primary location for their investments, [and] consider taking steps to gain some greater foothold here, particularly in Montego Bay, which is the fastest growing city in the…

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Minister Samuda Lauds Rural Water Supply Limited

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Karl Samuda, has lauded the work of the Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL) in completing four major projects in St. James. Valued at a cost of approximately $54 million, the projects include restoration of the Spring Gardens…

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Citizens Urged to Pay Water Bills

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Karl Samuda, is imploring citizens to pay their water bills, as this contributes to the continued development of the country’s water infrastructure. “I am going to appeal to those who will benefit from these systems, that when…

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PHOTOS: Minister Vaz Meets with French Ambassador

[caption id="attachment_194511" align="alignnone" width="500"] Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz (right), converses with Ambassador of the French Republic, His Excellency Denys Wibaux, during a courtesy call at Jamaica House on November 27.[/caption]     [caption id="attachment_194517" align="alignnone" width="500"] Minister without Portfolio…

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Improved Water Supply for Residents of South St. James

More than 7,000 residents of several communities in South St. James now have access to an improved water supply, following the Rural Water Supply Limited’s (RWSL) completion of four major projects in that region at a cost of approximately $54 million. The projects include rehabilitation of the Spring Gardens water…

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STATIN Highlights the Importance of Statistics to National Development

The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) has underscored the importance of statistics and surveys particularly in relation to economic growth and national development. Speaking with JIS News, Director General at STATIN, Carol Coy, pointed out that the information provided from the surveys assist in producing publications highlighting living conditions; national…

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National Strategy for Development of Statistics to be Ready Mid-2019

The National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) for Jamaica, which is being prepared by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), is expected to be ready by mid-2019. The National Strategy will provide a more coordinated approach in producing and disseminating data and is intended to facilitate greater harmonisation…

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Government Remains Resolute to Make Country Climate Resilient – Vaz

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, says the Government remains resolute in its drive to make Jamaica climate resilient, so that the gains made in achieving growth are not eroded. “We cannot, and must not allow the effects of climate change…

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Farmers in South Manchester Receive GLOBALGAP Certification

Approximately 19 farmers in Southern Manchester are now certified to export various crops to international markets, under the good agricultural practices programme, GLOBALGAP. The farmers, who are based at the New Forest/Duff House Agro-Park, were presented with their certificates on Friday (November 16), during a ceremony held at the facility,…

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Government to Accelerate Zinc Fence Removal Programme

The Government will be accelerating its zinc fence removal programme and regularisation of more communities, says Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Karl Samuda. Mr. Samuda, who was addressing the launch of the Rotary Club of Kingston 2018 Homes for the Homeless Project…

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Developments in BPO, Construction to Further Drive Down Unemployment

There is unwavering optimism among business leaders for further reduction in Jamaica’s unemployment rate, which has dropped to an all-time low of 8.4 per cent. The out-turn, captured in the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) July 2018 Labour Force Survey, is 1.3 per cent lower than the 9.7 per cent…

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Gov’t Training More Persons for BPO Jobs – PM

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is providing additional resources to train more persons for job opportunities in the rapidly expanding business process outsourcing (BPO) sector. “The Government of Jamaica stands in support of the BPO (sector), and we will make the necessary investments to ensure…

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