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Government committed to hassle-free business environment, says Chang

Published:Friday | August 4, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr Horace Chang, says the Government is committed to ensuring that Jamaica's business climate remains investor-friendly.

He said the objective is to create a hassle-free environment where both local and foreign investors can be enticed to do business.

"We want to make it very comfortable for persons who are investing their money," he said.

"We will not just leave them all by themselves to figure out things. We will give them all the support we can as it relates to paperwork. We will also take them through the processes and try to get things done as quickly as possible," he added.

Dr. Chang was speaking at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the official opening of new business process outsourcing (BPO) company Centrefield at the Montego Bay Free Zone on Thursday.


Largest employer


The minister noted that the BPO sector only trails tourism as the largest employer in western Jamaica. "We have long identified it as a critical area of growth," he said.

Attorney General and Member of Parliament for West Central St James, Marlene Malahoo Forte, who attended the ceremony, said the country is now at an exciting juncture where business opportunities are there for the taking.

"We are at an important stage in our nation's history where those who are capitalising on the opportunities will benefit tremendously. Jamaica is moving forward in a way that we have not seen before and the time is now to take advantage of the opportunities," she said.

Malahoo Forte said the Government "will ensure that businesses are given the freedom and space within which to operate and business owners must ensure that the workplace is a safe and comfortable place, where their workers will want to go to work and give of their best."

Centrefield sells products and services and offers technical support for United States-based television, Internet and telephone providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Time Warner Cable, among others.

It recently acquired the Elephant Group, another BPO company, making it one of the largest BPO operations inside the free zone.