There is no coordinated effort by PSOJ members to boycott T&T products – Mahfood
Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter
The President of the Private Sector Association of Jamaica (PSOJ), William Mahfood, says none of his members have taken a decision to boycott goods from Trinidad and Tobago.
Mahfood was reacting to reports out of Trinidad that some Jamaican businesses have pulled products from the twin island republic from their store shelves and have stopped buying goods from that country at this time.
The claim was made by Trinidad’s Trade Minister, Paula Gopee-Scoon, who in an interview with CNC3, said that she has been receiving information from local manufacturers that their business is being affected by the recent tension between Jamaica and Trinidad.
She says this has been happening over the last two weeks.
Contacted by our news centre this morning the PSOJ president said there is no coordinated effort by the membership of the association to pull their support to Trinidadian products.
However, he acknowledges that some retailers have taken issue with the recent tension between Jamaica and Trinidad and decided to review how they conduct business with their counterparts in Trinidad as a result.
Mahwood, however, says he is unaware of any such business owners who have stopped doing business with good suppliers and manufacturers in Trinidad.
The PSOJ president reiterates that he does not support a boycott of Trinidadian products.
He, however, emphasises that Jamaica must take a firmer stance in securing fairer treatment for Jamaicans goods and Jamaican travellers to Trinidad.