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  • Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, said the Ministry will be intensifying efforts to attract more information community technology (ICT) firms to Jamaica.
  • According to the Technology Minister, Jamaica has lost a lot of business to Asian countries and it is time that the country reclaims its status as a dominant force in ICT to grow the economy and create jobs for Jamaicans.

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, said the Ministry will be intensifying efforts to attract more information community technology (ICT) firms to Jamaica.

He said the Ministry will be going after United States (US)-based companies, which now operate in places such as India and the Philippines, to encourage them to come to the island and set up operations.

“We are going to India to make the pitch because of lot of those companies would really rather travel from Miami to Montego Bay,” he said.

Minister Paulwell was addressing a ‘Power Brokers’ luncheon hosted by the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday (February 26), at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in Rose Hall, St. James.

According to the Technology Minister, Jamaica has lost a lot of business to Asian countries and it is time that the country reclaims its status as a dominant force in ICT to grow the economy and create jobs for Jamaicans.

He said the ICT sector employs some 17,000 Jamaicans, and the aim is to significantly grow that number.

“There are so many businesses out of the US that went to India and the Philippines because that was the place to go…we do have a tremendous opportunity to take back a lot of what we had lost because people saw Jamaica as a tourist destination and not as a highly sophisticated business destination,” he contended.

The Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s ‘Power Brokers’ luncheon formed part of a workshop staged by the Chamber, which saw presentation from a number of private and public sector service regulators, consumers and providers.

These include the Jamaica Public Service Company and the Broadcasting Commission.