Sunday 16 February, 2020

Jampro president encourages local companies to use services

Jampro President Diane Edwards is encouraging local companies to take full advantage of the agency’s range of services to drive investment and trade in Jamaica. 

She made a special call to large companies to capitalize on the valuable business support that the agency provides.

Edwards said Jampro facilitates both local and international investors, but the agency also provides services to persons in the local business community who need general support like exporter and film registration, market information, industry and market opportunity analysis, training sessions, and exporter and investor readiness assessments.

“A part of Jampro’s mandate is business facilitation services for companies in Jamaica; providing general support to many persons locally who are interested in optimizing their businesses to achieve greater success. More than 2,000 persons walk through Jampro’s doors each year for general support, and we want to see more Jamaicans coming to us for the range of services we offer,” Edwards said.

She also noted that in addition to the agency’s general advocacy activities to make it easier to do business, Jampro’s clients receive assistance to realise their business goals.

This includes market intelligence sharing, customized market information, business to business matchmaking, business approvals facilitation, site selection facilitation, targeted client support, and business facilitation meetings.

In the last year alone, support was provided for over 600 companies that engaged Jampro for export and other business development services.

In addition, the agency provided business support for a number of recent multi-million-dollar local investments and export projects, including the Eight Rivers energy project in Westmoreland, the Amaterra Group hotel development project in Trelawny and Scotch Boyz, a local manufacturer of a line of sauces.

Edwards said she wants other Jamaicans to join these already existing Jampro clients on their business journey.

“Our goal is to expand the island’s economic growth and to do that, we must generate activity that will create jobs and increase the flow of capital in the economy. We believe that there are many local business entities who can benefit from our support and can contribute to Jamaica’s economic growth, so we invite them to call us or come in to Jampro’s offices to access services that will be beneficial for their business.”

Jampro’s mission is to drive economic development through growth in investment and export. It is an agency of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.

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