Former government Minister Claude Clarke will be the keynote speaker at the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association Limited's (JMA) 45th Annual Awards Ceremony on October 3 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.
Clarke, a businessman who served as state minister in the industry ministry during the 1990s, will be speaking on the topic 'Driving Growth for Manufacturing Through Policy and Best Practices'.
In a media release yesterday, the JMA said the sector, which employs 75,000 persons, contributes 8.6 per cent of the country's gross domestic product. The association, however, said more needs to be done in order to maximise the benefits from the sector.
JMA President Brian Pengelley said the future of manufacturing lies in innovation, enhancing efficiency and productivity, strengthening linkages, and improving market access.
He said the Government needs to do more to help shape the manufacturing sector of tomorrow.
"Government needs to be move facultative, which is reflected in Jamaica's fall in the Doing Business 2013 rank from 85 to 90 out of 185 countries," Pengelley said.