Handcart operator registration system launched
The Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) has rolled out its registration system for handcart operators in the downtown Kingston commercial district.
Mayor of Kingston Senator Angela Brown Burke told yesterday's monthly meeting of the KSAC that all handcarts conveying goods would be required to be registered and pay an annual registration fee of $3,000.
Senator Brown-Burke pointed out that handcarts operating as markets on wheels are now illegal and this has been communicated to the police.
The KSAC first announced its registration system for handcart operators in May, but it was delayed following objections to the move.
The Kingston mayor said the necessary consultations have now been held and the KSAC was pressing ahead.
She reiterated that the registration system would bring more order to vending in the downtown commercial district.
Gov't moves to reduce red tape
Measures have been implemented to improve Jamaica's business environment and limit Government red tape.
State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams said these measures include a secure transaction regime, insolvency legislation and amendments to the Trademarks and Copyrights acts. She said Jamaica would also be signing the Madrid Protocol, giving Jamaicans the opportunity to register their patents and trademarks across the world.
"The secure transaction regime will allow borrowers to pledge movable property as security for loans, resulting in improved access to credit, particularly for micro, small and medium enterprises," she said. Ffolkes-Abrahams was giving the opening address at the fifth National Productivity Awareness conference on Tuesday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.
KSAC to increase downtown vending space
The Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) says it will be providing additional spaces for vendors in the downtown commercial district, during the upcoming Christmas season.
This was disclosed by Mayor of Kingston Senator Angela Brown Burke at the KSAC council meeting, Tuesday.
Mayor Brown Burke says the KSAC will be putting temporary vending arrangements in place around the Parade area, in the vicinity of St William Grant Park and North, East and West Parade.
However, Brown Burke warns that only authorised persons who are pre-registered will be allowed to use these additional spaces.
She says new players are not expected in the market, as the KSAC was simply seeking to regularise vendors who are in and around Parade.