News & Media

June 2022

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Overhaul the SEZ framework

Jun 17, 2022

While the Government of Jamaica might have anchored Jamaica’s prospects of becoming a logistics hub in the special economic zones (SEZs) framework, a major stakeholder is appealing for a review of the policy and an overhaul of the SEZ legislation.

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Can Caricom save us?

Jun 15, 2022

The JMEA considers Caricom food basket proposal

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Dilemma

Jun 15, 2022

KYROCKETING raw material costs have forced manufacturers between the proverbial rock and a hard place about the decision to either hike the cost of their finished goods or absorb the price increases into their business.

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Nearshoring to boost Jamaica’s export earnings

Jun 15, 2022

Jamaica stands to increase its earnings from exports to the region by US$138 million should companies consider exploring nearshoring opportunities, a study from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates.

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BUSINESS BOOST! SMEs to access up to $250 million in financing from NCB

Jun 3, 2022

With local entrepreneurs and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) searching for ways to re-invigorate their businesses and recover from the economic strains of the COVID-19 pandemic, National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited (NCB) is offering a boost exclusively to support local small and medium-sized entities (SMEs).

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Hylton slams Gov’t for no fixes to supply-chain crisis

Jun 1, 2022

Opposition Spokesman on Industry, Investment and Logistics Anthony Hylton has criticised the Government for failing to outline specific solutions to the supply-chain challenges that have contributed to the elevated prices of consumer goods and services.

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May 2022

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Jamaica’s Export Max wins big at World Trade Promotion Awards

May 31, 2022

Jampro recognised for its success with using partnerships to help Jamaican MSMEs overcome export challenges.

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Activity to avoid food wastage becomes thriving family business

May 31, 2022

The Portland-based Linga Ya Farms Limited supplies authentic fire-roasted breadfruit to the domestic and export markets, which is vacuum packaged.

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BOJ has no recession, bad loan fears

May 25, 2022

The Bank of Jamaica, BOJ, is not buying into talk internationally that the aggressive raising of policy interest rates by central banks as an inflation fighting tool is leading to a slowing of growth and potential recession, either in the local or global economy.

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A new trade mindset

May 25, 2022

As the island recognises national exporters’ month, there’s a call for both policymakers and manufacturers to change their mindset regarding trade and export.

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The effects of rising electricity prices on manufacturers

May 25, 2022

Some member companies of the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) have shared what they have been doing to mitigate the impacts of increasing electricity costs which have arisen since the start of 2022 and the war in the Ukraine.

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JPS applies for rate hike

May 24, 2022

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has applied to the Office of Utilities Regulator (OUR) for a rate increase.

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Rwanda eyes development boon in tighter Caribbean bond

May 22, 2022

The Rwandan government has outlined its priorities as it pursues an active relationship with the Caribbean. President Paul Kagame’s three-day state visit to Jamaica in April concluded with the signing of two bilateral memoranda of understanding in regard to tourism and politics, although the specifics of the agreements were not made public.

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JAMAICA | Following BOJ Interest Rate Hike, Manufacturers, Exporters Warn of Recession

May 22, 2022

The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) says the latest increase in interest rates by the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) puts the Jamaican economy at risk for a recession.

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Manufacturers slam BOJ rate increase, warn of recession and price hikes

May 22, 2022

The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) is angry at the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) for another interest rate increase, saying the move will trigger price hikes for basic food items and ultimately risking an economic recession.

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JMEA warns of recession following latest hike in interest rates by BOJ

May 22, 2022

The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA), has warned that the latest move by the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) to increase interest rates puts the economy at risk of a recession with the price of basic food items set to go higher.

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JMEA Warns of Recession as it Opposes BOJ Move to Increase Interest Rates

May 21, 2022

The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association, JMEA, says it strongly disagrees with the move by the Bank of Jamaica to increase interest rates.

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JMEA warns of recession as BOJ raises interest rate again

May 21, 2022

The BOJ on Friday increased its policy interest rate to five per cent per annum, reflecting a cumulative increase in the policy rate of 450 basis points (bps) since October 2021.

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Press-Releases

The Time Is Now for Workplace Vaccine Policies
Oct 11th, 2021

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....

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The Jmea Strongly Disagrees With The Recent Decision Of The Bank Of Jamaica To Increase Deposit Interest Rates By 1 Percentage Point
Oct 6th, 2021

KINGSTON, Jamaica: The JMEA strongly disagrees with the recent decision of the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) to increase deposit interest rates by 1 percentag....

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JMEA CELEBRATES NATIONAL EXPORTERS’ MONTH 2021
May 5th, 2021

KINGSTON, Jamaica: Supporting the growth of Jamaican exports continues to be a crucial mandate for the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association....

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Regional Private Sector Response To St. Vincent And Grenadines Crisis
Apr 10th, 2021

The CARICOM Private Sector Organization (CPSO) together with the Caribbean Manufacturers’ Association (CMA), representatives of the private sector t....

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Redesigning The Roles Of Your Talents To Be Future-ready
Mar 25th, 2021

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Ppp Training 4- Sustainable Packaging Across The Supply Chain
Mar 25th, 2021

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Live Webinar on launch of SS 661: 2020 Specification for clean and green urban farms – Agriculture
Mar 25th, 2021

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Packaging Partnership Conference – Sustainable Packaging for Our Shared Future
Mar 25th, 2021

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JMEA SIGNS MOU WITH AGRO INVESTMENT CORPORATION (AIC)
Mar 18th, 2021

KINGSTON, Jamaica: The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA), on Monday, May 17, 2021, officially signed a Memorandum of Understandin....

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Removal Of Customs Administrative Fee On Exports Valued At Less Than Us$500
Mar 11th, 2021

KINGSTON, Jamaica: The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) commends the Government on accepting our proposal to remove the Customs ....

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JMEA IMPLORES THE GOVERNMENT TO AWAIT THE CONDUCT OF A COMPREHENSIVE CARICOM ASSESSMENT ON FRONT OF PACKAGE LABELLING (FOPL)
Mar 1st, 2021

KINGSTON, Jamaica: The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) is wholly committed to supporting measures that effectively address Non-....

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EXPORT MAX III LAUNCHES BIG/BRO BIG SISTER MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME
Feb 25th, 2021

KINGSTON, Jamaica: In keeping with its mission of guiding local MSMEs on the path of becoming export-ready, Export Max III on Thursday, February 25, 2....

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JMEA’s Statement on the Government’s Recent Adjustment of the Curfew Hours
Feb 12th, 2021

KINGSTON, Jamaica: The JMEA recognizes that in the wake of the dramatic spike in positive COVID-19 cases and the higher positivity rate; there is a cl....

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Private Sector Partners With Mohw To Boost Vaccination Deployment
Jan 27th, 2021

Kingston, Jamaica – As Jamaica commences the deployment of the vaccination programme aimed at achieving the long term health security of our nation,....

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JMEA IMPLORES THE GOJ TO ENSURE LEVEL PLAYING FIELD IN IMPLEMENTING ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIE
Jan 27th, 2021

KINGSTON, Jamaica: The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) fully supports and is committed to playing its part in the efforts to pu....

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JMEA IMPLORES THE GOJ TO ENSURE LEVEL PLAYING FIELD IN IMPLENTING ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES
Jan 27th, 2021

KINGSTON, Jamaica: The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) fully supports and is committed to playing its part in the efforts.......

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