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  • The Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation is partnering with the Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) to stage a logistics symposium.
  • The event will be held on Saturday (July 23) at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters in Mona, St. Andrew.
  • Speakers at the symposium include Executive Director at Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), Dr. Fritz Pinnock; Chief Executive Officer at Kingston Wharves Limited, Grantley Stephenson; Chief Executive Officer, Itel-BPO Solutions, Yoni Epstein; and Director at German Ship Repair Jamaica Limited, Peter Kisslinger.

The Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation is partnering with the Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) to stage a logistics symposium.

The event will be held on Saturday (July 23) at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters in Mona, St. Andrew.

Under the theme ‘Becoming a Global Logistics Gateway: Opportunities for Jamaican Businesses’, the event will explore the country’s readiness to respond to the changes in the global landscape, especially with the completion of the Panama Canal expansion project.

It is expected to attract approximately 200 persons from the public and private sectors, including thinkers, implementers, business strategists, companies and individuals who may wish to capitalise on the future growth of the global logistics industry.

Addressing a JIS Think Tank on July 20, Chairman of the Logistics Hub Initiative, Dr. Eric Deans, explained that the symposium will look at what it means to become a logistics gateway and how Jamaican businesses can fit into a global marketplace.

“We will engage the actual stakeholders and the business people who may want to know how they fit into this initiative, what is it that they need to do or what is in it for them…we will answer these questions on a very detailed level at this event,” he pointed out.

The day’s proceedings will begin with a plenary and opening ceremony featuring a presentation from the economic consulting firm Nathan Associates Inc., entitled: ‘Master Plan and Industry Analysis for the Global Logistics Hub Initiative’. This session will provide an update on findings and state of developments relating to the global logistics hub initiative.

There will also be panel discussions on three key areas within the global logistics industry – manufacturing, transportation and services.

The session on transportation will highlight the intermodal nature of a logistics hub and the major opportunities for local participation in moving raw materials and finished goods to and from and between modal points.

Within the context of a global logistics operation, manufacturing presents major opportunities for the local industry and artisans.

Speakers at the symposium include Executive Director at Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), Dr. Fritz Pinnock; Chief Executive Officer at Kingston Wharves Limited, Grantley Stephenson; Chief Executive Officer, Itel-BPO Solutions, Yoni Epstein; and Director at German Ship Repair Jamaica Limited, Peter Kisslinger.

The symposium will last from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Other partners in the staging of the event are Jamaica Logistics Hub Taskforce, CMI, Port Authority of Jamaica and the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ).