Jamaicans get direct logistics training in China
A 20-member delegation left the island last Thursday for China to participate in training in logistics technology.
The team of public- and private-sector representatives includes personnel from the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, the Trade Board, the Jamaica Customs Agency, the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Jamaica Business Development Corporation, and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce.
Ainsley Brown, policy analyst at the Logistics Hub Secretariat, who is leading the delegation, said the 20-day course would include actual classroom work with discussion and information on e-commerce; planning and developing logistics and industrial parks; modern port logistics; logistics standards and regulations; logistics education and training; and customs regulation.
He noted that the training would be facilitated by Chinese officials and industry experts and would also involve visits to various cities in China to examine best practices and to get a full appreciation of their logistics technology and operations.
"We will go to special economic zones, bonded warehousing areas, and also look at the cultural side of things, where we will be exposed to their culture and get to see historical areas ... . So it will be a full, balanced approach, with understanding from both the technical and cultural standpoint," Brown highlighted.
He noted that on their return to Jamaica, each member would have to prepare a report on their experience and how lessons learnt could be integrated in the various sectors that they represent.
"We anticipate that each person will bring a different perspective ... so we will bring all the reports together and then each department or ministry will be able to use the various perspectives in order to adjust and enhance what they are currently doing," the policy analyst explained.
He said it was important "to go to places to see elements of what we would like and best practices around the world".