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Senator Samuda Recommends Closed Season for Parrot Fish

Government Senator Matthew Samuda, is recommending a short-term and eventually a permanent ban on the consumption of parrotfish in Jamaica. He suggested that this could gradually be undertaken, through the introduction of a closed season for the parrotfish. He was making his contribution to the State of the Nation Debate…

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Caribbean States Urged to Develop Regional Bamboo Industry

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the development of a regional bamboo industry is critical in further diversifying the Caribbean’s agricultural product offerings. “Bamboo’s time has come… as we aim to extend the agro-based sector beyond the traditional crops of sugar, banana, coffee, cocoa…

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Industry Minister Wants More Focus on Value Chains That Lead to Market Expansion

Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says focus must be placed on those value chains that allow for an increase in productivity, market expansion, and adaptability to technological upgrades. Additional focus, he noted, must also include those value chains that allow for financial attractiveness, multiple partnerships and…

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Local Manufacturers and Exporters Encouraged to Explore Markets in Haiti

Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (JMEA) President, Metry Seaga, is encouraging local manufacturers and exporters to explore untapped markets that exist in the neighbouring state of Haiti. “Jamaica and our region remain untapped markets, as can be seen on the local and regional shelves. We recently learned at COTED (Council…

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Minister Shaw Commends Salada’s $200-Million Investment in Coffee Industry

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is lauding Salada Foods for injecting $200 million into the coffee industry, noting that the development will provide a secure market for farmers. The company is purchasing 25,000 boxes of local coffee under a pilot project, with the objective 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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Highest Number of Persons Employed in Service and Shop/Market Sales Sector

The ‘Service Workers and Shop and Market Sales’ industry group accounted for the highest number of persons employed – 290,700, as at July 2018. According to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) Labour Force Survey for the month, the figure is 13,600 more than the 277,100 persons recorded for July…

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Film Commission Promoting Local Industry

The Jamaica Film Commission is on a mission to promote the local film industry through facilitation of activities that increase investment, export and employment in the sector. Housed at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), the Commission, over the years has partnered with key players locally and internationally to facilitate major film…

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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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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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Industry Minister Calls on More Young People to Offer Innovative Ideas

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is calling on more youth in Jamaica to offer innovative ideas and creativity that will aid the nation with economic growth. Speaking at the Optimist Club of Kingston Meeting on Thursday (September 27), at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of…

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Plans for Dairy Sector Revitalisation

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says plans are being put in place for the revitalisation of the country’s dairy industry, which will include technical input from overseas experts. He informed that he has had meetings with Agriculture Ministers from India and Argentina, who have committed…

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Minister Shaw Hails Scotiabank’s Vision Achievers Programme

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has lauded Scotiabank for providing capacity-building to over 200 business operators through its annual Vision Achievers Programme. The Minister, who was delivering the keynote address at the 2018 closing ceremony for 25 participants in the initiative, held on (September 11)…

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Minister Shaw Looking to Link Small Ganja Farmers with Large Processors

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he is looking to link small ganja farmers with large processors who have the ability to convert ganja into a range of medicinal products. “What I'm working on is a programme where all serious ganja farmers who want to…

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Manufacturers Who Import White Sugar Will Have to Pay Duty Up Front

Manufacturers who import white sugar will now be required to pay the duty up front and be reimbursed by the Government within 30 days. This was disclosed by Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, who said this change is necessary as the Government seeks to stem…

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Growth in Mining and Quarrying Sector

The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reporting that the July 2018 producer price indices for the mining and quarrying, and manufacturing industries grew by 4.4 and one per cent, respectively. This was noted by STATIN’s Deputy Director General, Leesha Delatie-Budair, during the Institute’s media sensitisation seminar at the Terra…

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Fair Trading Commission Developing Merger Review Framework

The Fair Trading Commission (FTC) is in the process of creating a formal merger review framework through which various issues are to addressed before a merger takes place. Senior FTC Legal Counsel, Dr. Delroy Beckford, told JIS News that the process will entail legislative amendments; sensitising key sector stakeholders; and…

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Agriculture Minister Commends Winners of PLPU Competition

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has lauded winners of this year’s Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit (PLPU) Essay and Poster competition. He was speaking at the competition’s awards ceremony, held today (August 28), at the Ministry, Hope Gardens, in Kingston. “Your bold step to enter this…

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Jamaica Can Benefit Significantly from Accredited Conformity Assessments

Chairman of the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC), Randy Dougherty, says Jamaica’s industry and commerce sectors can benefit significantly from the globally recognised accredited conformity assessments. A conformity assessment directly or indirectly determines whether a process, product, service, or person meets and fulfils stipulated technical standards. The engagement includes certification, inspection,…

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