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  • Local exporters are being urged to take advantage of the opportunities for increased international competitiveness that will accrue from the Government’s Global Logistics Hub initiative.
  • The logistics project, which is a key plank in the Government’s economic growth strategy, seeks to drive investment and create sustainable employment over the long-term.
  • Minister Hylton noted that the Logistics Hub will be a key pillar in the Government’s export-led strategy and is intended to serve as a platform for Jamaica’s exports to the world.

Local exporters are being urged to take advantage of the opportunities for increased international competitiveness that will accrue from the Government’s Global Logistics Hub initiative.

The call came from Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, who addressed the Jamaica Exporters’ Association (JEA) 49th annual general meeting yesterday (November 20) at its Winchester Road offices in Kingston.

“The Jamaica Logistics Hub provides us with the ideal opportunity to reposition our export industries, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to benefit from more business,” he said.

The logistics project, which is a key plank in the Government’s economic growth strategy, seeks to drive investment and create sustainable employment over the long-term.

It aims to take advantage of the anticipated increase in trade activities as a result of the expansion of the Panama Canal, scheduled for completion by 2015.

Minister Hylton noted that the Logistics Hub will be a key pillar in the Government’s export-led strategy and is intended to serve as a platform for Jamaica’s exports to the world.

He said the Government remains focused on the broader mission of achieving robust export-led growth, “as we move closer to realising the vision of a logistics-centred economy that is buttressed by an improved business environment, strategic investments in our industrial infrastructure, and an enabling environment for our micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).”

“In this, we must remain steadfast in renewing our strategy to ensure that we are globally competitive,” he said, while imploring the JEA to renew its partnership with the Government “in this worthy mission.”

Minister Hylton further commended the export community for showing resilience in a period of increased competition in global markets.

“I appreciate the extent of the investment of time and resources that the members have undertaken to keep their businesses going,” he said.

In the meantime, the Minister informed that JEA President, Marjory Kennedy, will be recommended for appointment to the Board of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) to represent the voice of the exporter community.

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