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  • Minister Hylton says he is confident more persons will embrace the vision of the Jamaica Logistics Hub initiative.
  • The event attracted key players in the private sector, experts in logistics, investors, government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, and other critical stakeholders.
  • The Minister noted that the symposium was a “useful exercise” as it afforded a number of Jamaicans the opportunity to be better informed.

Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says he is confident more persons will embrace the vision of the Jamaica Logistics Hub initiative following the successful staging of a two-day symposium.

He was addressing the final session of the symposium on Wednesday, January 23, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.

The event, which attracted key players in the private sector, experts in logistics, investors, government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, and other critical stakeholders, sought to provide more information about the logistics hub project.

The Minister noted that the symposium was a “useful exercise” as it afforded a number of Jamaicans the opportunity to be better informed “about what we are doing,” where we are, what are the challenges, and importantly, how they see themselves in this picture”.

“A broader spectrum of persons in the society have had the opportunity to engage, to listen for themselves, hear from people, who are experts in the field and to ask questions, to view and to draw their own conclusions,” he noted.

He said that organisers “were also able to put a body of evidence before a wider group for there to be an examination, a determination by individuals, who we are asking to invest their money.”

The Minister expressed the hope that the conversation in the public space about the initiative “will take on a different dimension,” now that more persons have been privy to what the Jamaica logistics hub initiative is all about and the many opportunities that will become available.

He said that despite the various constraints “we are motivated, we remain high spirited…this has helped us to make the way forward a little lighter and hopefully, with more support from the private sector and from civil society on a whole”.

The symposium was organised by the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) and the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, in collaboration with JAMPRO and the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC).