PM charges Special Economic Zone Authority to deliver efficient service

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Prime Minister Andrew Holness has charged the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA) to utilise all resources at its disposal, including technology, to ensure that it operates efficiently and effectively in dispensing its services.

These, Holness said, include the seamless processing and approval of Special Economic Zone (SEZ) applications submitted by business entities.

He was delivering the keynote address during today's official opening of the JSEZA's head office on Waterloo Road in St Andrew.

Holness' urging came against the background of what he cited as the need to resolve the culture of bureaucracy characterising sections of the public service, and placing greater focus on achieving the targeted outcomes.

He contended that far too much time is being spent by some people in trying to “perfect bureaucracy” rather than securing results.

Such bureaucracy, he argued, helps to foster corruption as people pay for the expedition of services or to override and ignore rules and procedures.

Holness argued that no service being delivered “must take 10 days if it can take one, and every person involved in public service delivery must be committed to that objective in order “for us to realise the true potential of our country, which stares us in the face every day with the great brand and location that we have”.

The JSEZA, an agency of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, is responsible for developing SEZs, which are pivotal to the Government's Global Logistics Hub Initiative.

The Logistics Hub Initiative aims to position Jamaica as the fourth node in the global supply chain, along with facilities in Singapore; Rotterdam, Netherlands; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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