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Shaw calls for more aggressive approach to implement Trade Facilitation Reform Programme

Thursday, January 17, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Audley Shaw has called on government agencies and departments to move with a greater sense of urgency to facilitate trade and the private sector's need for a more responsive government.

Shaw made his call at the first General Meeting of the Trade Facilitation Task Force, held last Thursday at the Ministry's St Lucia Avenue offices in Kingston, to present and discuss the major initiatives of Jamaica's Trade Facilitation Reform Programme.

“We are going to put teeth into the recommendations for trade facilitation. This is the year for action,” Shaw was quoted as saying according to a release from his ministry, as he urged all stakeholders to improve the pace of implementation of the recommendations for reform.

He stressed that a responsive and enabling government is the purview of all departments, agencies and stakeholders, toward facilitating ease of trade and business, particularly in circumventing the bureaucracy that local and overseas traders and investors encounter.

“Government cannot work efficiently unless all the arms of government buy into the need for expedition,” Shaw told the gathering of private sector interests and government agency and department heads.

The minister has therefore tasked the newly appointed Acting Permanent Secretary, Dermon Spence, to assist in getting a status report on all the recommendations that have been put forward by the Task Force, in a bid to fast track their full implementation.

The meeting was also attended by Minister Fayval Williams, who reiterated the importance of trade facilitation to Jamaica's economic growth and underscored the importance of ensuring positive return on the investment being made to improve the systems and processes in trade.

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