Pandohie: Bring back death penalty

Richard Pandohie harbours no doubt that Jamaicans have the capacity to blaze a trail on any world stage and in any field, even when not given the best of starts.

For decades, his fellow countrymen have been tapping into their creativity and harnessing the power of that Jamaican drive to establish global dominance, influence and admiration in culture, academics, sports and a wide range of other areas.

But with regret, he acknowledged that the country’s crime crisis has been a major bane, restricting the island from making the strongest leap forward to realise its true potential.

20TH Shirley Playfair Lecture on December 1

The Fair Trading Commission (FTC) will host the 20th staging of its flagship public education initiative, the Shirley Playfair Lecture, on Thursday, December 1.

It will be held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

President of the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA), John Mahfood, will deliver this year’s lecture under the theme ‘Navigating the Impact of Supply Chain Disruptions: A Business Sector Perspective’.

He will speak on the disruptions in the supply chain and the effect on Jamaican manufacturers and explore some of the possible solutions.

Tourism Food Supply Safe – Minister Bartlett

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says that Jamaica’s tourism food supply remains safe, hygienic and of high quality.

He gave the assurance while addressing the launch of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) Agricultural Suppliers Food Safety Manual at Devon House in St. Andrew on Wednesday (November 22).

The manual sets out procedures that adhere to international food-safety standards and will serve as an information resource for farmers, agri-processors and manufacturers who supply the tourism sector.

Business groups push Opposition to extend SOEs

Fifteen private-sector groups are urging the parliamentary Opposition to support extension of the states of emergency (SOEs) until January 14.

The Senate will meet to consider the matter on Friday following approval of the resolution in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

However, it will require an affirmative vote by at least one opposition senator for the extension to be approved.

Private sector and civil society groups urge support for SOE

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Nov 25, CMC – Jamaica’s private sector and civil society groups say they are in support of the moves by the government to extend the until January 14 next year, states of emergencies (SOEs) in seven parishes amid concerns that the opposition would not be supportive of the measure in the Senate.

Parliament earlier this week gave the green light for the measure even as Opposition Leader Mark Golding, described the strategy that the government said is needed to curb crime as “unconstitutional

Statement from Private Sector and Civil Society Groups on Extension of SOES

On November 25th, 2022, the Senate will debate the extension of the States of Public Emergency (SOEs) until January 14, 2023, in the select parishes where SOEs were declared on November 15, 2023.

This broad-based grouping of Private Sector and Civil Society supports the extension of the SOE and urges the Senate to pass the extension on the condition that the Government addresses outstanding key issues, critical in achieving full Opposition’s support until January 14, 2023, in the select parishes where SOEs were declared on November 15, 2023.

Supreme Chemicals eyes stock market listing

AFTER 50 years of operations Supreme Chemicals Limited, manufacturers and distributors of the popular Bunny’s pharmaceutical products, is looking to further grow it’s footprint, eyeing plans to list on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) within the next few years.

General manager for Supreme Chemicals Ian Taylor, speaking with the Jamaica Observer following a Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA)-led tour of the company’s factory facility in Kingston last Friday, said that the local stock market was definitely one of the avenues being targeted as it looks to secure capital for future growth.

Private sector wage survey shows mixed results

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) last week completed a “wage increase” survey on behalf of the Jamaica Observer that seeks to determine the factors affecting the ability of companies to raise employee income and the forces pushing others to meet the demand for higher employee remuneration.

The PSOJ, headquartered in the Kingston Metropolitan Area, has a membership that comprises a wide cross section of private sector companies, associations and individuals operating islandwide.

Among 49 companies which responded to the survey, 90 per cent of the sample increased the wages of existing employees. Five companies have not increased wages.

Business Social

Trade, export, exhibitors, and buyers were some of the buzzwords heard during the media launch of Expo Jamaica 2023 Friday last.

Held in the form of a corporate mingle at the BMW ATL Autobahn showroom in New Kingston, the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA)-hosted event saw the convergence of government officials, sponsors, representatives of Jamaica Promotions Corporation, and private sector stakeholders that included JMEA members. Most notably, Senator Aubyn Hill, in his usual, consistent style, driving the message of closing Jamaica’s trade gap with his colleague senator, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson Smith, providing support.