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Export readiness: Proactive measures for small businesses in global markets

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 07 Sep 2023    admin   
VENTURING into international markets can be a formidable task for small businesses. To do so they often need help finding distribution channels, gaining access to trade shows and expos, making contact with buyers, and acquiring the technical knowledge to transform their operations for export. Many companies turn to organisations such as the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (Jampro) for advice. Others have joined Jampro's Export Max programme which helps them connect with new overseas markets to maximise export sales. But the journey to export success is not uniform for all. Some companies...

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Luke Phillips.

Registration of a business in Jamaica

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 07 Sep 2023    admin   
Is it easy to do business in Jamaica? That is a question that has been on the mind of corporate investors, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, the World Bank, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), companies (small and large) and, especially, the aspiring local entrepreneur. It has been a goal for some time to make it as easy to register and operate a business in Jamaica as it is in most "developed" countries in the world. I propose in a series of articles, to outline some of the requirements to do business in Jamaica, and to hopefully answer the question of...

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Quality Manager at the CARIB Brewery, St. Kitts and Nevis, Desroy Tate, delivers remarks at a handover ceremony where the brewery received certification to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 22000:2018 standard for food safety management systems. The ceremony was held on the company's ground on Friday, July 14.

NCBJ Presents ISO Certificate to Carib Brewery

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 07 Sep 2023    admin   
The National Certification Body of Jamaica (NCBJ) has certified the St. Kitts and Nevis-based CARIB Brewery Limited for food safety management systems. This has been done in accordance with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 22000:2018 standard. This standard defines what an organisation must do to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards and ensure that food is safe for consumption. The certificate was presented at the Brewery on Friday, July 14. Speaking at the ceremony, General Manager for the NCBJ, Navenia Wellington-Ford, shared that her team worked...

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Companies Office of Jamaica, in New Kingston.

Annual returns going online: Companies Office platform expected to reduce rejections

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 07 Sep 2023    admin   
In 2024, the Companies Office of Jamaica, COJ, will be upgrading its online portal to incorporate the filing of annual returns along with the supporting documents. Presently, the returns have to be filed in person at the Companies Office of Jamaica... Presently, the returns have to be filed in person at the Companies Office of Jamaica. The agency operates from its main office in New Kingston and a regional office in Montego Bay. The platform is expected to minimise the rejection rate of annual return filings, some of which is said to be due to human errors, including incorrect spellings. The...

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Industry Minister Continues Export Push

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 07 Sep 2023    admin   
Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Senator the Hon. Aubyn Hill, has reiterated the call for the micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector to produce for the overseas market. He said that exporting what we produce is key to becoming a rich nation. “Every entrepreneur must understand that we must export; we must not only make things that Jamaicans will eat and buy. We must lift their minds to a place where exporting is key,” he said. “We cannot become rich as a country if we are selling only to our population of three million people,” he added. Minister Hill, who was...

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Technical Services Manager at the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) Incubator & Resource Centre (IRC), Collin Porter.

Food Processing Businesses Must Ensure That Labels Meet Regulatory Standards

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 07 Sep 2023    admin   
Operators of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), especially those in the food processing industry, are being encouraged to ensure that food product labels and packages meet regulatory standards. The call came from Technician in the Science and Technology Division at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), Pauline Bailey, who was speaking at a recent ‘Virtual Biz Zone’ session, hosted by the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC). During her presentation on the various standards for pre-packaged foods, she appealed to food processors, specifically those who want to enter...

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Newly appointed Board Chairman at Jamaica Promotions Corporation, Mark Myers.

JAMPRO Gets New Chairman

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 07 Sep 2023    admin   
Distinguished business leader, Mark Myers, has been appointed the new Board Chairman of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO). The announcement was made by the Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Senator the Hon. Aubyn Hill, who noted that Mr. Myers will bring a wealth of experience as a seasoned business leader, having already made significant contributions to the economy. “His appointment as Chairman of JAMPRO is fitting, as it strategically aligns with our Ministry’s vision to elevate Jamaica’s export, investment, manufacturing and service capabilities. Together, we are...

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The Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce is described as Jamaica's "Business Ministry." It's mandate is to lead the development of policies that will create growth and jobs, while achieving social inclusion and consumer protection. The Ministry, working its stakeholders is primarily responsible for business policy development, monitoring and evaluation, while giving direction and oversight to a cluster of implementing departments and agencies.

We have, therefore, placed much energy and enthusiasm into the development of this website to provide timely information on the Ministry, our agencies and programmes.


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