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  • Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says the delivery of a logistics-centred economy will require the collaboration of all Ministries and agencies of Government.
  • Making his contribution to the 2015/16 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 14, Mr. Hylton explained that this type of economy will be developed on the framework of the Logistics-Hub initiative.
  • The Minister informed the House that in discharging its leadership role, the Ministry has sought to set up a multi-agency Logistics Hub Task Force, comprised of talent from the wider public sector, the private sector and academia.

Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says the delivery of a logistics-centred economy will require the collaboration of all Ministries and agencies of Government.

“There is a clearly defined leadership role for my Ministry in advancing the logistics-centred economy. But ultimately, the whole of the Government is required to deliver the logistics centred economy,” the Minister emphasised.

Making his contribution to the 2015/16 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 14, Mr. Hylton explained that this type of economy will be developed on the framework of the Logistics-Hub initiative.

“This includes strategic investments, an improved business environment, workforce training, further development of the maritime, aviation and ICT infrastructure, a new Outsourcing Strategy, the development of the international Financial Services Centre and linkages to the MSME sector, among others,” he said.

The Minister informed the House that in discharging its leadership role, the Ministry has sought to set up a multi-agency Logistics Hub Task Force, comprised of talent from the wider public sector, the private sector and academia.

The Task Force is divided into Working Groups, focusing on the areas of Master Planning, Legislative Reform, Trade Facilitation, Business Climate Reforms, Knowledge Management and Skills Development, Infrastructure Development; Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Development, among other things.

In the thrust to establish Jamaica as a global Logistics Hub in the Western Hemisphere, the Minister revealed that the Logistics Hub Task Force has created an integrated framework for logistics-related infrastructure projects. These include ports, potential locations for industrial parks/special economic zones, airports and a role for a rehabilitated and expanded railroad.

He said that the Task Force has identified key legislative amendments, regulatory changes, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure requirements; educational and training needs.

The Minister cited the recent signing of the concession agreement by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing for the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT).

“(It) is an important step towards the implementation of a key pillar in the Logistics Hub Initiative,” Mr. Hylton said.