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November 2023

24 November 2023

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Sancia Bennett Templer, addresses the World Antimicrobial Resistance Awareness Week symposium, held on Monday (November 20) at the ROK Hotel in Kingston.


Commerce Ministry Strengthening Regulatory Agencies’ Capacities

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 24 Nov 2023    admin   
The Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce has advanced efforts to strengthen monitoring and surveillance programmes and capacity-building by its regulatory agencies. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Sancia Bennett Templer, who made the disclosure, said these agencies include the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division (FSPID), National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA), along with government-owned laboratories. “[This is to] ensure the safety and wholesomeness of local foods, including animal feed, intended for both commerce...

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National Coordinated Laboratory Strategic Framework Consultaton Workshop

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 24 Nov 2023    admin   
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Sancia Templer (second right), converses with (from left) Consultant, Dr. Cesar Yammal; Chair, Trade Facilitation Task Force, Patricia Francis, and Chief Executive Officer, Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation, Sharonmae Shirley, during a National Consultation Workshop on the ‘Development of a Coordinated Laboratory Strategic Framework and Implementation Plan for Jamaica, held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston on Wednesday (November 22).

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The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) will be hosting a Business Development Information Session for Small and Medium-sized Tourism Enterprises on Wednesday, November 22 at the Courtleigh Auditorium in Kingston. 

TEF to Host SMTE Business Development Information Session

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 24 Nov 2023    admin   
Small and medium-sized tourism enterprises (SMTEs) are set to benefit from a Business Development Information Session being hosted by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) on Wednesday, November 22. The session, to be held under the theme ‘Maximising Tourism Market Opportunities’, is slated for the Courtleigh Auditorium in Kingston beginning 9:30 a.m. The event is among initiatives organised for SMTEs by the TEF, through its Tourism Linkages Network. It aims to bring key development experts together to enhance SMTEs’ ability to supply the tourism and hospitality sector with requisite goods and...

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Industry Ministry establishes ‘magic mushroom’ standardisation working group

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 24 Nov 2023    admin   
Senator Aubyn Hill and officials in the Ministry of Industry and Investment have been observing the early development of the psilocybin mushroom business in Jamaica. As this new industry develops with good signs of growth, it has become necessary to study and agree the broad parameters and guidelines necessary for the standardisation of this growing psilocybin industry. Through the Bureau of Standards of Jamaica (BSJ), the Ministry of Industry has established the Jamaica Psilocybin Industry Working Group (JPWG), chaired by consultant psychiatrist Senator Dr. Saphire Longmore. In 2020,...

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Under the insolvency law, a trustee is licensed and appointed by the supervisor of insolvency to administer the property or assets of a debtor for the benefit of creditors. In order to access the insolvency regime, the debtor must do so via a trustee.

Trustee's role under insolvency regime to be bolstered

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 24 Nov 2023    admin   
THE role and functions of the trustee under Jamaica's insolvency regime is to be strengthened through proposed amendments to the Insolvency Act, currently being reviewed by a joint select committee of Parliament. Following Thursday's meeting of the committee at which the proposed changes were reviewed, Government committee member Senator Kavan Gayle told the Jamaica Observer that he believes the role of the trustee, as outlined in Section 227 of the principal Act, "is very critical" to the insolvency regime. "What [legislators] are seeking to do is to expand the role and function in the...

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Consumer protection: Recognising your rights

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 24 Nov 2023    admin   
HAVE you ever purchased a fan to survive a hot summer day, only to reach home, plug it in and get no breeze? The Consumer Protection Act was enacted to safeguard the interests of the consumer to ensure a fair and just marketplace in Jamaica. Who is a Consumer? A consumer in relation to goods means any person who acquires or wishes to acquire goods for his own private use or consumption. In relation to services, facilities or accommodation, a consumer means any person who wishes to be provided with the services or facilities or any person who wishes to occupy the accommodation. Your Rights as...

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Sharonmae Shirley, chief executive officer of the Jamaica National Agency For Accreditation, addresses the Plant Quarantine Produce Accreditation Recognition Ceremony at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel in St Andrew last Thursday.

Accreditation of Plant Quarantine hailed as a big deal for Jamaica

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 24 Nov 2023    admin   
Chief executive officer of the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation Sharonmae Shirley has described its granting of IEC/ISO 17020:201 accreditation of the Plant Quarantine/Produce Inspection branch of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Mining as a major accomplishment of global significance. “This is a big deal for Jamaica,” she declared while addressing Thursday’s accreditation recognition ceremony hosted by the agriculture ministry at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel in St Andrew. “It means that if the results coming out are challenged, Jamaica can say all those persons – our...

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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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