News & Media

January 2023

Food supply safe

Jan 11, 2023

Amid recurring global supply chain challenges and growing concerns for food security, some local stakeholders have said that supplies remain relatively safe as the country looks to feed itself this year. In the wake of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) recent release of its food price index which shows global prices for commodities […]

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NCRA: Hill was not told about report on substandard blocks

Jan 9, 2023

The National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA) has admitted to keeping Industry Minister Aubyn Hill in the dark over a July 2022 report that identified dozens of producers of substandard building blocks. NCRA Chief Executive Officer Lorice Edwards Brown said the issue was brought to the minister’s attention after The Sunday Gleaner’s December 25 report […]

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Coconut and bottled water concerns

Jan 8, 2023

here are mixed signals on whether some brands of bottled coconut water and bottled water now on the market are safe to consume, because, almost three months after concerns were raised, a government watchdog is yet to provide

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Jamaica manufacturers forge deal with DHL on exports

Jan 6, 2023

Forever seemingly ahead of the rest of the regional ‘game’ in its thrust to promote Jamaica, the country’s Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) has sealed a deal with DHL Jamaica that will afford businesses in the country’s productive sector logistical support.

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New Year’s wishes

Jan 5, 2023

Crime and violence remain the number one issue in Jamaica and hold us back as a nation because it deters investment in the country and creates an excessive burden on our security force and health system. It affects the poor and most vulnerable persons in our society. Our Government needs to demonstrate that it really […]

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Assessing the Vale Royal Talks Agenda

Jan 5, 2023

Noting that the issue of national security is the most important agenda item for any future Vale Royal talks, People’s National Party President Mark Golding has proposed a list of national imperatives he wishes to see on the agenda when the leaders meet later this month. We discuss the agenda items with the President of […]

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More pressure on NCRA to address poor-quality building blocks

Jan 4, 2023

The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) is calling for the intervention of Industry Minister Aubyn Hill as a government regulator remains silent on what it has done with information received last July identifying dozens of producers of substandard building blocks. A Sunday Gleaner probe last month brought to light an internal assessment at the […]

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Business leaders bemoan shortage of skilled labour

Jan 3, 2023

While business leaders have expressed optimism about 2023, there are concerns about what they describe as a shortage of adequate labour. President of the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association John Mahfood is warning if the issue is not addressed soon, Jamaica could miss out on growth opportunities.

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Manufacturers hopeful but cautious about 2023 after bruising 2022

Jan 1, 2023

Jamaican manufacturers are singing a hopeful tune but with a note of caution as they look forward to 2023. It was a year in which producers were beset by the continued high cost of freight, which impacted the cost of goods, and logistica

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December 2022

DHL, JMEA partnership to boost export thrust

Dec 31, 2022

A recently signed partnership between the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) and DHL Jamaica will see members of the productive sector benefiting from logistical support expertise by the international freight and cargo management company. “The partner is really to provide JMEA members with access to movement of goods, whether it be finished products or […]

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DBJ extends Ignite IV application deadline

Dec 30, 2022

Micro and small enterprises (MSEs) now have up to Friday, January 6, 2023, to submit applications for the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) Innovation Grant for New Ideas to Entrepreneurship (IGNITE IV). The DBJ extended the original deadline, citing demand as the reason. “The decision to extend the deadline was set against the background of […]

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Seaga unfazed by inflation, high interest rates

Dec 24, 2022

Speculation about the likely impact of inflation and high interest rates going into the new year has done very little to shake the confidence of president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), Metry Seaga, in the local economy. Declaring that he had a different view, Seaga told The Gleaner that he is very […]

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DBJ Extends Ignite IV Application Deadline

Dec 21, 2022

Micro and small enterprises (MSEs) now have up to Friday, January 6, 2023, to submit applications for the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) Innovation Grant for New Ideas to Entrepreneurship (IGNITE IV). The DBJ extended the original deadline from December 16, citing demand as the reason. “The decision to extend the deadline was set against […]

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BIGEE targets 1,500 entrepreneurs

Dec 21, 2022

In its quest to strengthen small businesses, the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) through its Boosting Innovation, Growth and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems (BIGEE) programme is looking to offer support to as many as 1,500 entrepreneurs by 2025. BIGEE programme Manager Christopher Brown, speaking at a recent Jamaica Observer Business Forum, said of the US$11 million earmarked […]

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A time for giving

Dec 19, 2022

A group of us were enjoying a get-together when someone declared, “Jamaica — life is good here!” We were quickly brought back to Earth when another commented, “It’s great if you are privileged, but if you are not, it is very hard.” Thank goodness there are citizens and corporates who are doing their best to […]

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Trade Board Limited Celebrates 40 Years

Dec 19, 2022

The Trade Board Limited (TBL), Jamaica’s certifying authority for goods exported under various trade agreements, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Since its inception on December 13, 1982 the agency has supported Jamaica’s growth in trade, nationally, regionally and internationally, through the provision of trade-related informatio

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Caribbean agri-food producers get market exposure

Dec 19, 2022

Export ready agri-food producers from the Caribbean benefitted from exposure to market opportunities in various markets with the recent hosting of the Caribbean Virtual Agri-Food Trade Mission. Hosted by COLEACP, Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA) and Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the objective of the November 15-17 mission was to provide […]

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Jamaica’s Trade Board celebrating 40 years

Dec 18, 2022

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Trade Board Limited (TBL), Jamaica’s certifying authority for goods exported under various trade agreements, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Since its inception on December 13, 1982 the agency has supported Jamaica’s growth in trade, nationally, regionally and internationally, through

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Press-Releases

JMEA Successfully Hosts Groundbreaking Local Manufacturing Conference
May 16th, 2024

On Wednesday of last week, the AC Hotel in Kingston was abuzz with energy as an oversubscribed audience of over 200 attendees gathered for the inaugur....

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Jamaican Delegation Arrives in Tokyo for FOODEX Japan: Asia’s Premier Food Trade Show
Mar 5th, 2024

A Jamaican delegation comprising Associated Manufacturers Limited (Walkerswood), Seprod Limited, Jamaican Teas Limited, and Mavis Bank Coffee Factory ....

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JMEA and Honey Bun Foundation Announce One-Year SME Accelerator Programme
Feb 12th, 2024

The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) and the Honey Bun Foundation have announced the second iteration of a one-year Small to Med....

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Jamaica Strengthens Economic Ties with Courtesy Visit to Japanese Ambassador Ahead of FOODEX Japan
Feb 12th, 2024

The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) took a significant step towards enhancing economic cooperation and bilateral trade between ....

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Local Manufacturers host Secondary and Tertiary Students for Manufacturers’ Month Tours
Oct 31st, 2023

In celebration of National Manufacturers’ Month 2023, the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA), in a coordinated effort with five ....

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Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) Celebrates Excellence at the M&E Awards Gala 2023
Oct 6th, 2023

The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) proudly hosted the much-anticipated M&E Awards Gala on Saturday, September 30, 2023, at....

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35+ Companies Compete in 23 Award Categories for JMEA M&E Awards
Sep 21st, 2023

Nearly 200 guests gathered Tuesday eveningat the BMW ATL Autobahn Showroom for the highly anticipated Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association ....

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Sydney Thwaites Elected as New President of The JMEA for 2023/2024
Sep 20th, 2023

KINGSTON, Jamaica: The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) is pleased to announce that Sydney Thwaites, Co-founder, and Chief Execu....

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JMEA and IDB Strengthen Collaboration with HEART/ NSTA Trust – National Tool & Engineering Institute to Foster Manufacturing Sector Skills Council
Sep 19th, 2023

On Tuesday, September 19, 2023, the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) jointly condu....

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JMEA & JERA PARTNERSHIP
Jun 7th, 2023

The Jamaica Energy Resilience Alliance is Proud to Announce a New Official Alliance Member: the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association The....

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Safety of Ackee Locally
Mar 17th, 2023

JMEA & JAPA Advises on the Safety and Precautions of Buying and Consuming Ackee Locally Kingston, Jamaica: The Jamaica Manufacturers and Export....

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Participation of the JMEA in the 2023 FOODEX JAPAN Observation Tour
Mar 7th, 2023

JMEA EXPLORES OPPORTUNITIES IN THE JAPANESE FOOD AND BEVERAGE MARKET TOKYO, JAPAN - 07 MARCH 2023: A three-member delegation from the Jamaica Manufac....

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Honey Bun Foundation & JMEA MOU Signing Ceremony
Mar 6th, 2023

JMEA, Honey Bun Foundation sign MOU to empower SMEs Local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are set to get a big boost by way of an Advisory Commit....

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JMEA-Caribshopper Ceremony
Mar 6th, 2023

JMEA Partners with Caribshopper to Increase Exports for Member Companies The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) have partnered wi....

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JMEA urges importers to clear shipments at Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL)
Jan 24th, 2023

The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) is echoing the call for local importers to clear shipments being stored at KFTL urgently. T....

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JMEA to Join Ministerial Delegation Visiting Guyana
Jan 20th, 2023

The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) will be joining the 60-member delegation to Guyana from January 23rd to January 28th. Vice ....

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DHL Partners with JMEA to Offer Support Logistics for Member Companies
Dec 15th, 2022

The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association have partnered with DHL Jamaica to provide support logistics for JMEA member companies. This initi....

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JMEA tours KFLT to identify solutions to relieve the congestion at the port
Dec 13th, 2022

On Friday, December 9th, 2022 the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) was invited to tour Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL)....

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Expo Jamaica Making a Return April 2023
Oct 21st, 2022

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, plans are now in high gear for the staging of Expo Jamaica, April 27 – 30 2023.   T....

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21 Awards Won at the JMEA’s Manufacturers and Exporters (M&E) Awards Gala 2022
Oct 8th, 2022

The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) hosted its 5th annual Manufacturers & Exporters (M&E) Awards Gala in Association wi....

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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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