PM Wants to Make Jamaica Centre of the Caribbean
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is committed to making Jamaica the ‘centre of the Caribbean’.
“We want to be the centre of the Caribbean for innovation and technology. We want to be the centre of the Caribbean for trade and commerce and logistics, business process outsourcing (BPO), agribusiness and energy, and we are working to achieve that,” he said.
He is urging partnerships with local and international stakeholders to generate investments in key sectors.
“We extend ourselves, we extend our hands in partnership with our investors. Come make the investment in Jamaica; be part of the dream,” Mr. Holness said.
He was addressing a group of current and potential investors at the Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James on Wednesday (June 13).
Highlighting Jamaica as an ideal destination for business, the Prime Minister said that discussions are far advanced for the development of an economic industrial park, the estimated value of which ranges from US$3.7 billion to US$6 billion.
“You are coming into an economy that, yes, is relatively small, but which has tremendous potential for expansion, so if you get in now, imagine what the value of your investment stake will be in five, 10, 15 years’ time. Pair that with the commitment of the Government to good policy and good politics. Jamaica is the right business proposition for you,” he said.
The Prime Minister noted that the Government’s economic doctrine at this time includes a focus on fiscal discipline, improving the debt to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio, and maintaining a flexible exchange rate.
He reiterated his commitment to a partnership approach with the private sector, as well as improvements in the ease of doing business, and enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of the public sector.
“For us, the debate is about getting Government to be at the right size, nimble and responsive, while being aspirational, innovative… in how it creates a regulatory environment and a policy environment in which investors operate,” Mr. Holness said.
He told the investors that the positive effects of measures to improve the public sector are already being experienced, as operations to merge and rationalise some entities have been completed or are far advanced.
This year’s staging of JIF is geared at promoting six priority sectors for investment – Outsourcing, Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Tourism, Logistics and Energy. It is being hosted by Jamaica’s trade and investment promotions agency, JAMPRO, from June 12 to 14 under the theme ‘Connect for Business’.