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MSME Alliance says gov't kept 2008 promise, welcomes change to Public Procurement Act

Published:Wednesday | July 8, 2015 | 3:55 PM

The  Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Alliance, says it expects businesses in that sector to do more to drive growth in the economy when a new law giving the sector preference in getting certain government contracts is implemented. 

Yesterday, the Lower House of Parliament approved the Public Procurement Act 2015 which makes provisions for the mandatory award of certain government contracts to the MSME sector. 

President of the MSME Alliance, Donovan Wignall, in welcoming the move, says the government has kept a promise first made in 2008. 

He says it is now up to the businesses to make use of the opportunities. 


President of the MSME Alliance, Donovan Wignall

Wignall is also urging the members of his alliance to ensure that they prepare the necessary paperwork to ensure their registration with the appropriate authorities. 

The MSME Alliance consists of about 35 associations. 

Minister with responsibility for the Public Service, Horace Dalley, who piloted the bill yesterday, said the inclusion of the provision to give MSME's certain preference is part of a move to encourage Jamaica's economic growth.