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National Investment Portal Being Developed by JAMPRO

Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is developing a national investment portal as part of its three-year business strategy. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, said the portal will serve as a comprehensive base of information that facilitates investments in Jamaica. He said…

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Gov’t Woos Diaspora Investment

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, is urging greater Diaspora participation in a wide range of activities that will support the Government’s drive to boost Jamaica’s growth and development. He said while the Administration acknowledges the importance of inputs such as…

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STATIN Using Technology to Improve Data Gathering and Dissemination

The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) has been utilising technology to improve data collection and dissemination of information. Director General of STATIN, Carol Coy, said the entity has converted to an electronic data collection system, which has made the process of gathering information speedier and easier. “So, for household surveys…

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Survey Information Strictly Confidential – STATIN

The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reassuring persons that information obtained from surveys is strictly confidential. “All of our interviewers and all our employees signed an oath of confidentiality and we take that oath seriously, so we want to reassure Jamaicans that the information that they provide is confidential…

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Montego Bay Poised for Expansion

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the Government is positioning Montego Bay as a major centre for business in western Jamaica. He noted that Montego Bay is one of the fastest growing cities in the Caribbean and presents high…

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Jamaicans Urged to Support Household Expenditure Survey

The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is urging persons to support its household expenditure survey (HES) now underway. The survey, which is being conducted from February 6, 2017 to February 2018, collects information on the amount households spend on consumer goods and services such as food, education, health, transportation, recreation…

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New Morant Bay Town Centre Spurring Investor Interest

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says St. Thomas is poised for development of its first major tourist resort. Mr. Holness said that coming out of the Government’s announcement of the $4-billion Morant Bay Urban Centre, two “serious prospects” have expressed an interest in developing a hotel. Spurring the investor interest…

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More than 100 Norwood Residents Get Land Titles

More than 100 residents of Norwood, St. James, have received land titles for the property that they occupy. The presentation ceremony, under the Housing Agency of Jamaica’s (HAJ) land-titling programme, was held on Sunday (July 9) at the Norwood Seventh-day Adventist Church. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic…

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STATIN Preparing National Strategy for Development of Statistics

Director General of the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), Carol Coy, provides details about the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS), at a Think Tank at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) head office in Kingston on July 7.

The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is preparing a National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) for Jamaica, which will provide a more coordinated approach in producing and disseminating data.             It will facilitate greater harmonisation among agencies that produce statistics, reducing duplication, and enabling the national statistical system…

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Contractors Role in Spurring Growth and Productivity Underscored

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says contractors and contracting firms play critical roles in improving productivity in the construction sector and the wider economy. “I believe the time has come for the strategic role of contractors to change. Today…

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Contractors Role in Spurring Growth and Productivity Underscored

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says contractors and contracting firms play critical roles in improving productivity in the construction sector and the wider economy “I believe the time has come for the strategic role of contractors to change. Today…

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Schools Urged to Participate in Youth Environment Advocacy Programme

The Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation is calling for schools to participate in its Youth Environment Advocacy Programme (YEAP), which seeks to empower students to respond to environmental concerns. Senior Director in the Environment and Risk Management Division of the Ministry, Gillian Guthrie, said YEAP, launched in July…

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Gov’t Committed to Providing the BPO Sector with the Necessary Support

With 30,000 persons set to secure jobs in business process outsourcing (BPO) operations, over the next five years, the Government is focused on providing the sector with the necessary institutional support. The industry, which has a global value of US$104.6 billion, is gradually expanding in Jamaica, and with high-end jobs…

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Further Reduction in Red Tape Vital – Shaw

Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government is cognisant that much work remains to be done to further reduce bureaucratic impediments to doing business in Jamaica. He noted that Jamaica’s improved ranking at 75 out of 138 countries in the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2016/17…

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Special Economic Zone Regulations for Parliament Soon

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness says regulations will be brought to Parliament in another two weeks to bring to life the special economic zones (SEZs). Mr. Holness, who was addressing the opening of the inaugural Jamaica International Exhibition (JIE) Trade Show at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on…

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Protection for Wetlands

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, says that over the next three to five years, the Government will be implementing several strategies towards the protection of the country’s wetlands. Among the strategies, he said, is the implementation of a National Strategy…

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SRC To Showcase Opportunities In Personal Care Industry

Entrepreneurs in the personal care industry and persons who want to start a business in the field, are invited to the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) annual Opportunity Quest at its Hope Gardens offices on Thursday, May 25. Acting Manager for Marketing and Corporate Communications, Carolyn Rose Miller, told JIS News…

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Positive Response TO EPOC Community Meetings

The Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) is reporting positive response to its ‘Pon di Corner’ community sensitisation meetings. The sessions, which got under way more than two weeks ago, seek to raise awareness about Jamaica’s economic programme, which is underpinned by the three-year International Monetary Fund (IMF) Stand-By Agreement (SBA).…

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EPOC Supports Government’s Management of Public Bodies Surpluses

The Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) is supporting the proposed reintegration of public bodies generating significant financial surpluses into central Government. The move, which is slated to commence in July with three entities, is among nine new public sector transformation structural benchmarks contained in the revised Memorandum of Economic and…

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Gov’t Committed to Creating Environment for Investment

Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang (centre), shares a photo opportunity with from (left) Kerry-Ann Spencer of AVP Wealth Management; Chairman of the Economic Growth Council, Michael Lee-Chin; Executive Director, Financial Services Commission, Janice P. Holness; and Member of the Economic Growth Council, Paula Kerr-Jarrett. Occasion was the International Organization of Securities Commissions Gala at the Hyatt Ziva in St. James on May 17.

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the Government is committed to creating a hassle-free environment to facilitate investment. He said that while the State must always be seen as an enabler and not an obstacle to development, regulatory systems…

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