Virtual Expo Jamaica 2021

The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA’s) national trade expo, Expo Jamaica, has gone virtual. On October 27 from 8:30 am to 5pm JMEA members and the public will get to participate in this year’s virtual edition of the trade show.

JMEA goes virtual with Expo Jamaica 2021

Beset by restrictions on travel and hosting in-person events, the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) is moving its biennial trade show, Expo Jamaica 2021, to the virtual space.

According to the JMEA’s marketing and public relations officer Kelroy Clarke, the biennial event returns after its cancellation last year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

JMEA’s Expo Jamaica goes virtual

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Due to local event restrictions to offset the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association’s (JMEA) Expo Jamaica will stage a virtual business-to-business (B2B) series of meetings come October 27.

The meetings will be held under the theme ‘A Vision of the Future’.

The Association said they saw the need to host this year’s staging of the expo as world markets try to navigate a path to normality once more.

JMEA National Manufacturers’ Month 2020-E Magazine

The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) team is delighted to share with you our National Manufacturers’ Month 2020 E-Magazine. This year, the magazine is guided by the theme “Recover and Renew with Manufacturing” which speaks to the essential role that the industry must play in helping to set the Nation on a path of growth and renewal as it continues to navigate the unprecedent effects of COVID-19. The publication presents refreshing perspectives on industry-related matters that are linked to the creation of a new normal and the best approaches that can be taken and include topics such as Supply Chain Management, Maintaining Productivity in A Virtual World, Workforce Development Required for Manufacturing and Finding Opportunities Beyond COVID-19, among others.

The Time Is Now for Workplace Vaccine Policies

The Time Is Now for Workplace Vaccine Policies

Jamaica is at a critical stage in the execution of the vaccination strategy. With over 500,000 doses currently available, the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) along with the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) and the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) believe that the time is now for private sector entities to establish policies that require employees to get vaccinated.

Jamaica Left Behind in Vaccination Race

With less than 10% of the population fully vaccinated almost two years into the pandemic, Jamaica is being left behind with achieving population immunity and is putting our recovery at risk. The social and economic impact will be devastating, and the ripple effects will continue for years to come.
We are firm in our position that private sector entities must ensure that we have a safe workplace where the spread of the COVID19 virus is minimised and therefore protecting the lives of customers workers and suppliers. A vaccination policy not only saves lives it reduces disruption in businesses and sustains productivity.

Private Sector Vaccination Policies

The PSOJ, JMEA, JCC, the Jamaica Employers Federation (JEF) and Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) in September 2021 issued a comprehensive guideline on COVID safety measures in the workplace and the relevant legal duties of the employers and employees. The protocol recommends that employers start the process by undertaking a risk assessment to ascertain the level of risk presented in the work environment. It thereafter recommends that businesses develop vaccine policies that are suited for their respective business model and industry, noting the steps outlined in the guidelines. Special consideration may need to be given for medical or religious conditions.

The general recommendation is for employees to be taken through vaccine awareness programmes and given an opportunity to take the vaccine which is now widely available. After this period of engagement and education, the employer should reassess any risks which may still exist and ensure mitigating steps are taken — this could include requesting that a COVID test is done periodically.

Public Sector Vaccination Policy

In addition to the above recommendations, we are of the view that the national problem of the low vaccination rate requires more far-reaching measures. We would encourage and support the Govemment selectively using its powers under the DRMA to introduce incremental requirements for vaccination to protect the public, just as it has imposed other measures. A specific example would be the Govemment implementing vaccination policies and protocols in a phased manner for the public sector, similar to what has been instituted by the private sector and unions.

Utilize the Services of the PSVI

The associations would like to remind private sector companies to utilize the resources of the Private Sector Vaccine Initiative (PSVI) to get credible resources and support for their vaccination awareness programmes and to schedule vaccination for their team members.

For further information:
Jamaica Chamber of Commerce
JCCPresident@jamaicachamber.org.jm 876-922-0150

Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica
psojpresident@psoj.org
876-809-2016

Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association
president@jmea.org
876-922-8880

 

The Jmea Strongly Disagrees With The Recent Decision Of The Bank Of Jamaica To Increase Deposit Interest Rates By 1 Percentage Point

KINGSTON, Jamaica: The JMEA strongly disagrees with the recent decision of the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) to increase deposit interest rates by 1 percentage point from 0.5% to 1.5%. This decision is misguided. The BOJ has justified the increase in order to dampen further inflation expectations and to stabilize the exchange rate. However, the inflationary increases being experienced by the Country are indicative of global shortages, increased transportation cost and logistic challenges which are on going.

In addition, it has been demonstrated in the past that the devaluation of the Jamaican dollar against international currencies has more to do with foreign currency shortages and the level of confidence in the Government’s economic policies than adjustments in interest rates. In this regard, we support the move to maintain satisfactory international reserves and a stable fiscal policy. The approach of the BOJ is academic and will fail to keep either the exchange rate stable or to moderate the rate of inflation.

The increase in interest rates will debilitate our economy and further impoverish the most vulnerable in our society. A move of this nature by the Central bank will result in higher lending rates to consumers including small manufacturers and exporters affecting their ability to pay their bills and keep staff employed.

The JMEA strongly recommends that the BOJ seriously reconsider this action in the near future.

JMEA strongly recommends that BOJ seriously reconsiders its decision to increase deposit interest rates

The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association, JMEA says it is strongly recommending that the Central Bank seriously reconsiders soon, its decision to increase deposit interest rates from 0.5 percent to 1.5 percent.

The association says it strongly disagrees with the decision which took effect last Friday (October 1), calling it misguided.

Business groups call for COVID vaccine mandate in private sector

Three major private sector interests are calling for companies to introduce COVID-19 vaccination mandates as part of the wider national effort to mitigate the spread of the virus.

In a joint statement today, the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce and the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association expressed that the national problem of the low vaccination rate requires more far-reaching measures.

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