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  • Now more than ever, as a nation, we need to focus on the export of Jamaican products and services
  • We expect also that our exporters will take advantage of Jamaica’s thrust towards becoming a global logistics hub
  • She also noted that she expects to see “even greater collaboration between government and private sector” as the country moves towards developing more targeted market-driven initiatives for the various priority sectors and emerging industries, including hemp and bamboo.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, says that any effort to increase the export of Jamaican products will be enhanced and supported, in order to boost the country’s economic prospects.

“Now more than ever, as a nation, we need to focus on the export of Jamaican products and services.  Coming on the heels of the Jamaica Diaspora Conference, this expo will certainly help us to do just that, by highlighting the export opportunities that are available here,” Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams said.

The State Minister was addressing participants at the 2nd Annual ‘Out of many Export, one better economy’ Expo, held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James, on June 19.

She reiterated that, with the current thrust towards boosting economic growth, any initiative geared towards increasing exports, “is certainly welcomed and supported by the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce.”

Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams stated that it is within this context that the Ministry is now in the process of developing a revised National Export Strategy, through which economic activities will be undertaken.

She noted that the aim is to increase the efficiency of business operations, align local business practices with international best practices, reducing the impediments of establishing and expanding businesses and providing capacity building support in these efforts.

“We expect also that our exporters will take advantage of Jamaica’s thrust towards becoming a global logistics hub. Through the National Export Strategy, both small and large businesses should be well positioned to benefit from the opportunities that we will be providing from increased channels and markets for exports, taking advantage of the Special Economic Zones,” the State Minister said.

She also noted that she expects to see “even greater collaboration between government and private sector” as the country moves towards developing more targeted market-driven initiatives for the various priority sectors and emerging industries, including hemp and bamboo.

During the break-out sessions which followed, participants were educated on topical issues such as: ‘Preparing for the Export Market’, ‘Standards – Driving global trade and business Efficiency’, ‘Export procedures for agricultural Produce’, ‘Investment opportunities in Limestone’,  and ‘Financing your export Business’