Jamaica to Participate in the Year of Return Ghana 2019 Activities

She made the disclosure following a tour of the Seville Great House and Heritage Park in St. Ann on Saturday (June 15), with President of the Republic of Ghana His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange says Jamaica will be represented at the various activities scheduled for the ‘Year of Return, Ghana 2019’. Story Highlights  “Mr. President, we welcomed you as a member of our family separated from us through the many years of the transatlantic trade of Africans. We are happy that you also see us as a family. We commend you for extending the hand of welcome to all of us, particularly in this the Year of Return,” Ms. Grange said. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange says Jamaica will be represented at the various activities scheduled for the ‘Year of Return, Ghana 2019’.She made the disclosure following a tour of the Seville Great House and Heritage Park in St. Ann on Saturday (June 15), with President of the Republic of Ghana His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. “Mr. President, we welcomed you as a member of our family separated from us through the many years of the transatlantic trade of Africans. We are happy that you also see us as a family. We commend you for extending the hand of welcome to all of us, particularly in this the Year of Return,” Ms. Grange said.“We planned that some of us Jamaicans will be there at Panafest in August and the other events that are planned. We now meet each other in better times, celebrating our common heritage. Today we are honoured by your visit,” she added. President Akufo-Addo’s visit forms part of a Caribbean tour to promote ‘The Year of Return, Ghana 2019’, which is a major landmark marketing campaign targeting the African – American and Diaspora Market to mark 400 years of the first enslaved African arriving in Jamestown Virginia.The delegation was provided with a guided tour of the facility, before paying tribute to a few slaves that were officially buried on property.In his remarks, President Akufo-Addo said the ‘Year of Return, Ghana 2019’ will be used as a “platform for reuniting the African family, for strengthening the bonds between us and our African kin here in the Caribbean and the Americas.”“This is what the Year of Return means and for it, we have prepared a series of activities and programmes that will be taking place for the rest of the year in Ghana,” he stated. read more

JAMPRO Leading Jamaican Trade Mission to Trinidad and Tobago

Seven Jamaican manufacturers and suppliers of food, personal care and irrigation products will be a part of a trade mission to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, aimed at increasing exports to regional markets. Story Highlights The engagement, to be led by executives of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA), takes place from July 1 to 4 and will see local suppliers engaging Trinidadian stakeholders and producers. The participating entities are: Caribbean Cream Limited, Crafton Holdings Limited, Continental Baking Company, Sankhard Company Limited, Seprod Limited, Wisynco, and Isratech Jamaica Limited. Seven Jamaican manufacturers and suppliers of food, personal care and irrigation products will be a part of a trade mission to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, aimed at increasing exports to regional markets.The engagement, to be led by executives of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA), takes place from July 1 to 4 and will see local suppliers engaging Trinidadian stakeholders and producers.The participating entities are: Caribbean Cream Limited, Crafton Holdings Limited, Continental Baking Company, Sankhard Company Limited, Seprod Limited, Wisynco, and Isratech Jamaica Limited.Manager for JAMPRO’s Agribusiness Department, Marlene Porter, told JIS News that the mission is intended to generate trade leads and present the opportunity for Jamaican entities to better understand the Trinidadian market and forge relationships with stakeholders there.Mrs. Porter noted that the first day of the mission will begin with an opening ceremony to be attended by Jamaica’s High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago, Ambassador Arthur Williams, who will bring greetings.Other participants include representatives from the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, who will share perspectives on market trends; new JMEA President, Richard Pandohie; and Trinidad’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Senator the Hon. Paula Goupieskoon, who will deliver the keynote address.Other persons slated to attend the opening ceremony are representatives of the Plant Quarantine Division, standards body, sister agencies ExporTT and Invest TT, and the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association. read more

Hospitality Sector Well Positioned to Achieve Revenue Target –Bartlett

This, he said, is based on activities associated with the five Tourism Linkages Networks – Gastronomy (food); Shopping; Entertainment and Sports; Health and Wellness; and Knowledge. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica’s hospitality industry is well positioned to generate the US$5-billion being targeted by 2021 under the 5x5x5 growth agenda.This, he said, is based on activities associated with the five Tourism Linkages Networks – Gastronomy (food); Shopping; Entertainment and Sports; Health and Wellness; and Knowledge.He was speaking during a press conference at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on Tuesday (September 3), to provide an update on industry developments.Mr. Bartlett said revenue inflows over the last 18 months show that the networks “are working”.Jamaica generated earnings of US$3.3 billion in 2018 from a record 4.32 million visitors.Between January and June 2019, the country welcomed approximately two million visitors, who spent some US$2 billion.“The volume of foreign exchange… is the highest that Jamaica has ever seen. As a matter of fact, in the last year and half, we have brought more foreign exchange into Jamaica [through tourism] than we did in the 50 years before,” Mr. Bartlett said.In addition to the US$5-billion revenue target, the 5x5x5 growth agenda also aims to attract five million tourists by 2021 and, in the process, increase total direct jobs to 125,000, and add 15,000 hotel rooms.The growth agenda and networks are aligned with the five growth pillars focused on: tapping into new markets, developing new products, promoting investment, building new partnerships, and the renewal of human capital.Mr. Bartlett said the networks are intended to be the “real drivers” of tourism growth because they represent the “passion of the people”.He noted that in the area of gastronomy, the extent to which local foods have been incorporated into the industry has been unprecedented.In relation to shopping, the Minister said while Jamaica is yet to fully tap into this “very lucrative area of tourism spend”, efforts are being made to provide a wider variety of goods to attract a greater number of aficionados from around the world.“The focus of this initiative is about bringing more high-end spenders to Jamaica, who will ensure that more foreign exchange stays [here], but, more importantly, that more jobs are created for the Jamaican people… [by utilising] the creative and cultural assets that are inherent in the wonderful Jamaican products,” he added.Regarding entertainment and sports, Mr. Bartlett pointed out that “we are seeing some events happening in Jamaica now that are bringing record crowds from overseas… [and generating] record spends”.Among these is Reggae Sumfest 2019, the attendance for which he described as a “knockout”.He noted that the patronage for this year’s staging of Carnival and Dream Weekend events also attracted thousands of people from across the world.In the area of health and wellness, Mr. Bartlett said that “we are being aggressive, but we want to do more”, while for knowledge, “we have been having more meetings and conventions”.“So Jamaica’s tourism is in a good place. We are building the capacity of our local people to benefit to a greater extent from the fruits of the tourism industry. That is what is going to make the enrichment of Jamaica a reality,” he said. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica’s hospitality industry is well positioned to generate the US$5-billion being targeted by 2021 under the 5x5x5 growth agenda. He was speaking during a press conference at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on Tuesday (September 3), to provide an update on industry developments. Story Highlights read more

Energy Minister Pleased With Level Of Investor Interest In Jamaica

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, says she is heartened by the level of investor interest in Jamaica expressed by participants in the 2019 Solar Power International (SPI) conference. “It tells us that more people know about Jamaica than we think they know. Jamaica has gone a far way. When people look at us there is much to be excited about. We are an open economy, we are a strong democracy, we are a friendly business environment, there is significant business and consumer confidence in the economy right now, and all of that enures to the benefit of all of us in Jamaica,” the Minister said. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, says she is heartened by the level of investor interest in Jamaica expressed by participants in the 2019 Solar Power International (SPI) conference.“It tells us that more people know about Jamaica than we think they know. Jamaica has gone a far way. When people look at us there is much to be excited about. We are an open economy, we are a strong democracy, we are a friendly business environment, there is significant business and consumer confidence in the economy right now, and all of that enures to the benefit of all of us in Jamaica,” the Minister said.Mrs. Williams was addressing journalists at the conference on September 23, accompanied by Ambassador Tapia.The conference, being held in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the United States (US), from September 23 to 26, is the largest solar show in North America, with representatives from more than 700 organisations in the energy sector sharing the latest ideas and developments in the industry.Mrs. Williams and a delegation of public and private energy sector stakeholders were specially invited to attend the conference by new US Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Donald Tapia.The Minister said she has been paying keen interest to solutions that can help the country tackle the issue of electricity theft, noting that approximately 17 per cent of the electricity generated in Jamaica is lost to illegal abstraction.“I’ve seen and spoken with entities that are looking at micro solutions, solar home kits that would serve the needs of persons, maybe in our urban and rural areas, for whom this would be a solution. So, this is something that we’re going to look at seriously. We think that this would reduce the level of electricity theft we’re experiencing in the country,” she said.The Minister also moved to calm fears that the increase in partnerships with US companies in the energy sector will displace local entrepreneurs.“What I see is that it will enlarge the economy. I see a lot of partnerships between companies in Jamaica and companies in the US that can help to grow the business. I think Jamaican companies are looking for growth, not just within Jamaica but outside of Jamaica, to the extent that if they have strong partners in the US they can grow more,” she said.For his part, Ambassador Tapia commended the Government for the range of economic reforms over the past few years, which has made the country attractive to US investors.“Jamaica is actually the star in the Caribbean, and has been the star in the Caribbean for the last three to five years, because they are forward-thinking. And, I think that’s one of the things that is going to increase the investment of American companies within Jamaica and other companies coming to Jamaica to put in plants and factories,” he said.In the meantime, several companies have expressed interest in partnerships to expand their operations in Jamaica; among them, solar equipment sales and distribution company, Kinect Solar.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Founder, Lauren Carson, said she expects to be in the country in the next 30 days.“We’ll meet with companies and we’ll ship a container or two, then we have something there and we’ll sell to the companies we meet with. We’ve had a lot of success with that in other countries like Belize, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and we want to do more countries,” she said.CEO and Founder of CHAAC Technologies, Jake Hammock, has an innovative solution to address both power and water shortages on the island.“We’re building an airship that will be tethered to the ground and condensing water vapour out of the atmosphere at such a rate that we can send the water down to a controlled water tubing that will generate hydro-kinetic pressure into a hydro-kinetic turbine to produce a hybrid of both water and power,” he said.His solution can generate between 5,000 and 50,000 gallons of water per day and five megawatt hours of energy. It is also portable and can be set up in two 40-foot containers.Meanwhile, Mrs. Williams said the Government is currently refining the regulatory framework to ensure an enabling environment to accommodate the investments expected to be generated from the conference. Story Highlights Mrs. Williams was addressing journalists at the conference on September 23, accompanied by Ambassador Tapia. read more