JAMPRO Chairman, Senator Don Wehby, said the Agency’s new Board of Directors will be focusing on pivoting the agency’s economic development activities into the selected priority sectors of agribusiness, digital services and manufacturing, as Jamaica seeks to rebound from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and build back a more diversified economy.
The new Board of Directors, which met for the first time on Thursday, January 21, 2021, consists of private and public sector leaders with experience in a variety of sectors, including agribusiness, outsourcing, tourism, manufacturing, creative industries and banking.
Senator Wehby said this experience in a wide range of industries would serve well in leading the Agency in its transformation to a sales and marketing led agency and in the development of action plans and policy advocacy to stimulate transformation of the business environment.
JAMPRO has started the year running, with a full slate of activities in the three focus sectors and in key programme areas. The Board expressed full commitment to the innovative public-private Export Max III Programme, focused on building the export capacity of 50 SMEs, which are now ready to leverage e-commerce and market penetration activities.
The Agency is currently finalising the National Investment Policy White Paper, which will streamline business processes for local and foreign investment approvals and create new strategies to bring greater efficiency, transparency and cohesion to Government partners. Another signature project is the National Business Portal, slated to become operational in 2022, which will allow online application, tracking and delivery of business approvals.
The Board agreed the following critical strategic programmes which must be implemented during the next financial year:
Senator Wehby emphasized that it was critical for the Agency to move with urgency, as projections have noted that economic recovery should start globally in 2022, as the outlook for FDI trends for 2021 remain weak (UNCTAD, Investment Trends Monitor).
Mr. Wehby explained that Jamaica should be positioned to capitalise on current developments such as the need to secure more food sources and increased digital services, and other expected opportunities that could materialise in upcoming months.
The JAMPRO Chairman said, “JAMPRO’s Board of Directors and Executive is united in the belief that while the pandemic has presented a setback, Jamaica still has a myriad of economic growth opportunities that have not been fully explored. It is our goal to identify and target these real opportunities and to use this time to pursue activities that will position Jamaica as the place to do business regionally, and in so doing, propel the island’s economic recovery. With this aggressive and more focused approach, we are optimistic that we will not only see an improvement in the performance of key sectors, but growth in the overall economy.”
The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO)’s mission is to drive economic development through growth in investment and export. JAMPRO is an Agency of the Ministry of Industry, Investment, and Commerce.
The members of JAMPRO’s Board of Directors are:
Senator Don G. Wehby (Chairman), Group Chief Executive Officer, Grace Kennedy Limited; Mr. Metry Seaga (Deputy Chairman), Managing Director, Jamaica Fibreglass Products Limited; Mrs. Jacqueline Stewart-Lechler, CD JP, Director, Stewart Auto Sales; Ms. Mina Robertson, Research Fellow, Centre for Leadership and Governance, UWI; Mr. Garth Walker, Executive Chairman at Adam and Eve Day Spa and Bumble Bee Digital Agency Limited; Miss JoAnne Archibald, Principal Director, Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports; Mrs. Lisa Soares Lewis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Great People Solutions; Mrs. Rita Symes-Hylton, Chief Executive Officer, Carita Jamaica Limited; Ms. Rochelle Cameron, Attorney at Law and CEO Prescient Consulting Services; Mr. Yoni Epstein, Founder Chairman and CEO, itelBPO; Mr. Christopher Williams, President and CEO, PROVEN Management Limited; Mr. Delano Seiveright, Senior Advisor and Strategist to the Minister of Tourism; Mr. Ian K. Levy, Chairman, Ian K. Agencies Limited; Mr. Zachary Harding, Group CEO, Stocks and Securities Ltd.
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