PM Charges Special Economic Zone Authority to Deliver Efficient Service
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. 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, he said, include the seamless processing and approval of Special Economic Zone (SEZ) applications submitted by business entities.
He was delivering the keynote address during Wednesday’s (July 11) official opening of the JSEZA’s head office on Waterloo Road, St. Andrew.
Mr. 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 persons in trying to “perfect bureaucracy” rather than securing results.
Such bureaucracy, he argued, helps to foster corruption as persons pay for the expedition of services or to override and ignore rules and procedures.
Mr. 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”.
Noting the JSEZA’s small staff, Mr. Holness said this is “deliberate”, because “sometimes we believe we need to have massive organisations in order to deliver (good) service”, while urging that
operations be carried out efficiently and effectively.
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 SEZs, which will replace the free zone regime, are a wide range of geographically defined areas that offer simple and efficient business regulations and procedures to investors.
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.