CHIEF EXECUTIVE officer of the Trade Board Limited Victor Cummings has said the agency is on a drive to have street vendors across the island enlisted in its trade board information system.
The move, he said, is part of greater efforts to improve the agency's database, so it is better able to assist the Government in revenue enhancement. He said the renewed system will also play a significant role in helping to address the country's trade imbalance.
Cummings, who was addressing the Reform Committee meeting of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) on Tuesday, called on parish councils to partner with the agency to have vendors enlisted in the system.
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"One of the big things with imports is with the vendors on the road, with all these things coming in (the country). We found out that there is no central registry to track the user fees or licences that are charged by any organisation. That's something we could work with the KSAC to do, so we can put that into our database," he said.
"How can we talk about number of street vendors on the road across the country if we don't know what they are selling, what they are bringing in and where they are located? We want to be able to assist KSAC with the revenue, proper management for the country, to know how many street vendors are out there, what theyare selling, and where they are selling."
The KSAC will be expected to furnish the agency with details whenever licences are issued.
He said, while the trade board information system is already in existence, the problem is that it is not being fully utilised because of limited data.
"We are gathering all trade-related data now so that we can fully utilise it. We will be able to give useful information with regards to what is coming in, what is going out. That is our goal," Cummings said.