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Samuda pledges open-door policy

Published:Monday | March 14, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Karl Samuda

Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Karl Samuda is assuring members of the business sector that he will be readily available to respond to their needs and concerns.

"I will be operating an open-door ministry. Anyone wishing to talk to me about a problem just has to come into my ministry. I will make myself available to deal with the captains of industry ... [and] all other persons - from micro to the large business sector - to ensure that together, we can move this country ahead economically," he stated.

The minister gave the assurance while delivering the keynote address at the recent media launch of the 43rd staging of the biennial Expo Jamaica trade show at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

He said he is committed to ensuring that the quality of services delivered by the ministry and its agencies is of the highest standard.

Samuda said the decision by Prime Minister Andrew Holness to merge the industry and commerce portfolio with that of agriculture and fisheries is the right one.

"We can now talk about agro-industrial development and use all the facilities that exist within the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, with all the various agencies, such as Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), to guarantee that our products are of a certain quality, and that no shoddy goods are imported to compete with what we try to do locally," he pointed out.

Samuda said when this is combined with the "tremendous and exciting" ventures embarked on in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, particularly the agro parks initiative, "we realise that this is the right fit".

He stressed that the ministry and its agencies are cognizant that "we have to move quickly and ... in a most cooperative manner with the private sector" in order to deliver services of the highest standard.