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Vaz says JAMPRO crucial to ministry

Published:Thursday | March 17, 2016 | 3:00 AM
Daryl Vaz

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz, says that JAMPRO, as the investment arm of the Government, will play a critical role in fulfilling the mandate of the newly created ministry.

"I think we have a lot to work with, in terms of the economic growth and job creation mandate that the Government has as its priority. So, it's a matter now of just appointing a good, strong board to give all the support to the JAMPRO staff," Vaz said.

He was speaking at a meeting with JAMPRO executives on Tuesday at the agency's New Kingston offices.

The minister pointed out that a new chairman had been identified to head the board of directors to be appointed for JAMPRO.

While he did not reveal the name of the individual, he said that he was a successful professional, who had his own ideas for the further advancement of the agency.

The minister told the JAMPRO officials that they would be amply assisted by a board that would not necessarily be large in number, but agile and efficient.

key agency information

During the meeting, President of JAMPRO, Diane Edwards provided the minister with key information about the work of the agency, and matters that need his immediate input.

The minister pledged to provide all the support the agency required.

Prior to the meeting, Vaz toured the facility and met staff from the various departments.

JAMPRO is the Government's trade and investment agency that promotes business opportunities in export and investment to the local and international private sector.

In facilitating the implementation of investment and export projects, the organisation is a key policy advocate and adviser to the Government in matters pertaining to the improvement of Jamaica's business environment and the development of new industries.