To this end, the Government of Jamaica has begun to develop two complementary electronic platforms designed to allow the investment and exporting community a more efficient service. “The National Business Portal will be the central point through which all investment projects are routed, giving access to all relevant public stakeholders and thereby providing transparency and government cohesion while the National Trade Portal will serve as a precursor to the Electronic Single Window, aimed at fast tracking information sharing, facilitating online application submissions and enabling back office interface among Government’s Border Regulatory Agencies,” noted Minister Shaw.
According to Minister Shaw, the Trade Portal was approved by Cabinet in the 2017/18 budget under the overarching Trade Facilitation Initiative. The World Bank is supporting both projects as part of its Foundations for Competitiveness & Growth Project.
During his address, the Minister noted that Jamaica’s move toward coordinating its development as a premier investment hub began with the coining of the National Investment Policy, approved for development by Cabinet in February 2017. “This pivotal blueprint is the overarching policy framework by which the Government of Jamaica will attract and facilitate investments and will guide the development, administration and monitoring of the investment community, to ensure cohesion among all related initiatives, programmes, incentive regimes and stakeholder contributions,” emphasized Minister Shaw.
During the current fiscal year, it is expected that the Green Paper will be tabled in Parliament as well as a series of national consultations toward “suring up” the legislation.
Also pivotal to this investment infrastructure is the National Outsourcing Strategy, which forms part of the moves toward aligning Jamaica’s offerings in an attractively packaged and well supported framework with the needs of the overseas investor market. This is a five-year strategy being rolled out between 2015-2020, aimed at developing and advancing the outsourcing industry in Jamaica. Minister Shaw stressed that in support of this initiative, the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Regulations were passed in Parliament in October 2017.
The Jamaica Investment Forum, a three-day conference, is being held by JAMPRO with support from headline sponsors: Foundations for Competitiveness and Growth Project (FCGP), a project of the Planning Institute of Jamaica, New Fortress Energy and Scotiabank Jamaica Ltd. To learn more about the conference, go to: http://jamaicainvestmentforum.com
JAMPRO is an Agency of the Government of Jamaica’s Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) that promotes business opportunities in export and investment to the local and international private sector. In facilitating the implementation of investment and export projects, the organization is a key policy advocate and advisor to the Government in matters pertaining to the improvement of Jamaica’s business environment and the development of new industries. For further information visit www.jamaicainvestmentforum.com