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  • A branch of the Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ) is now in operation at the Office of the Prime Minister (Western), at 10 Delisser Drive in Montego Bay, St. James, to serve residents in the west.
  • Service began at the office, yesterday (October 10), and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the COJ, Judith Ramlogan, told JIS News that the opening of the facility came after years of discussion at the government level and consistent calls for it from the western Jamaica business community.
  • The office will receive applications from residents for the registration of companies and businesses, and while the processing time in Kingston is usually five working days, the processing of applications submitted to the Montego Bay office could take an additional two days.

A branch of the Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ) is now in operation at the Office of the Prime Minister (Western), at 10 Delisser Drive in Montego Bay, St. James, to serve residents in the west.

Service began at the office, yesterday  (October 10), and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the COJ, Judith Ramlogan, told JIS News that the opening of the facility came after years of discussion at the government level and consistent calls for it from the western Jamaica business community.

“I remember when then Minister of Industry, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, received complaints from the Montego Bay business community that there was no office in Montego Bay and people would always have to come to Kingston to do business. He (Dr. Tufton) was adamant that we should set up an office down here. We have found this location and we are so happy that we are here,” she said.

Mrs. Ramlogan said although the opening of the office was not heavily publicised, the response from the business community, especially those in St. James, has been tremendous and the office can only grow from strength to strength.

The office will receive applications from residents for the registration of companies and businesses, and while the processing time in Kingston is usually five working days, the processing of applications submitted to the Montego Bay office could take an additional two days.

She is advising residents that all COJ forms are available online and there are clear details on how to register companies and businesses for profit or for charity.

Mrs. Ramlogan told JIS News that the addition of the Montego Bay branch will play a major role in increasing the number of registered companies and businesses in Jamaica and encouraged persons in the west to take advantage of the new location.

“Take advantage of our services. We can give you some advice on what kind of entity to set up, and for those of you who already have a business, come and check to see if your business is in compliance…if your registration is up to date,” she said.

Meanwhile, Senior Customer Service Officer at the COJ, Toni-Ann Stewart, who is managing the new location, told JIS News that top-class customer service will be on offer to every member of the public.

She said employees of the COJ in Kingston have built a strong reputation of giving good customer service and that practice will be in full effect at the Montego Bay office.

Several customers were on hand to utilise the service, and expressed satisfaction that the facility is now operating in western Jamaica.

Negril businessman Theo Chambers said it is fantastic.

“I was planning to go to Kingston to do some business (at the COJ), so the office has saved me the fare, and I do not have to lose an entire day,” he said.

Another businessman, Wayne Forrester, told JIS News that the opening of a COJ branch in Montego Bay will result in tremendous savings for citizens of western Jamaica.

“I feel real good about it. I went to Kingston the last time and I am living in Montego Bay, so I do not have to go there. I just come right here and I got through in 15 minutes. I welcome this,” he said.

In the meantime, the benefits of having a branch of the COJ in Montego Bay are being praised by members of the Cooperatives and Friendly Societies.

Courtney Shaw, a member of that body, told JIS News that the addition of the COJ to the western Office of the Prime Minister has transformed the location into a one-stop shop for persons involved in Cooperatives and Friendly Societies.

“After persons are finished with the Companies Office, whatever documentation they have, they just come straight across to us, which is next door. They don’t have to go to Kingston anymore, they just stop right here – it’s like a one-stop shop,” he said.

The Montego Bay office is operating on a cashless basis, which means that clients can only make payments by credit or debit cards and manager’s cheques.