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  • Residents of Goodwill, in Eastern St. James, were recently educated about the Logistic Hub Initiative.
  • Citizens were also advised on steps they could take to ensure that their community and adjoining areas benefit from attractive spin-offs, when the initiative becomes a reality.
  • The education forum was organized in order for citizens to get firsthand knowledge as to what the logistics hub is all about.

Residents of Goodwill, in Eastern St. James, were recently educated about the Logistic Hub Initiative, and how this economic concept could positively impact their communities and Jamaica’s future.

During a community education forum, held at the Goodwill Primary and Infant School, citizens were also advised on steps they could take to ensure that their community and adjoining areas benefit from attractive spin-offs, when the initiative becomes a reality.

The Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, in its thrust to educate the general public about the Logistics Hub, has secured the commitment of the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) as the first major sponsor to drive this project.

Director of the CMI’s School of Advanced Skills, Osric Forrest, who addressed the citizens, told JIS News that the Logistic Hub is a concept, “that brings people, communities and the globe together. It’s a place that makes things (economic possibilities) happen.”

Addressing the topic: ‘The logistics Hub, making connections, cementing partnerships and shaping new directions’, he pointed to possible employment opportunities for enterprising young persons.

“We are looking at skill sets, we are looking at resources and we are looking at entertainment and support services. It creates jobs for individuals and creates opportunities for our country and it will also build partnerships,” Mr. Forrest said.

“The benefits from the Logistics Hub are real and Jamaica stands to gain significantly in terms of economic development and in terms of rebuilding some of our infrastructure and creating social integration, provided we can create the right atmosphere to be the centre, to be the action, to be the Logistics Hub,” he added.

Mr. Forrest emphasized that to prepare the skills sets, one must have an integration of technical and academic training, as gone are the days when persons would deviate to either straight academic or technical areas.

“You have to have an integrated approach to training where individuals are equipped with the technical skills that fit their academic pathway. Both skills must come together to develop the competencies necessary to drive industry and productivity to support the work world,” he said.

Chairman of the Goodwill Community Council, Lloyd Jarrett, told JIS News that the education forum was organized in order for citizens to get firsthand knowledge as to what the logistics hub is all about.

“It is necessary for us to truly prepare for this and its impact on our community and also on Jamaica as a whole,” Mr. Jarrett said.