The Hon. Karl Samuda is a businessman, farmer and a technocrat and, is best known as a veteran politician.
The Minister attended Ardenne High School and received tertiary education in Canada, where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Ottawa. Steeped in the discipline of Business Administration, he returned to Jamaica and was employed to Alcan Jamaica Limited and Industrial Gases Limited before venturing into furniture manufacturing and later farming, vocations which still occupy his interest, if and when his Ministerial duties and political activities allow.
He also served on the Electoral Commission of Jamaica, having previously served an eight-year stint as a member of the Electoral Advisory Committee.
Former General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party, Minister Samuda is the Member of Parliament for St. Andrew, North Central since 1980, and has the distinction of representing both major political parties in that constituency. Having served as Minister of State in successive political administrations he was recently appointed Minister of the now Ministry of Industry, Commerce Agriculture & Fisheries.
The Minister has been described as a no-nonsense individual with a passion for hard work and an insatiable appetite for success.
Minister Samuda is a proud family man with a beautiful wife and three sons.
As the "business" Ministry, we are the key driver and thought leader for facilitating investments in the economy and preparing local businesses and entreprenuers to take advantage of Jamaica's entry into the global supply chain.
We have, therefore, placed much energy and enthusiam into the development of this website to provide timely information on the Ministry, our agencies and programmes.