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Moving the manufacturing sector forward

Published:Thursday | May 10, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Steven Whittingham, JMA director
Michael Ranglin, CEO, GK Foods
Brian Pengelley, president of the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA)
Omar Azan, chairman and CEO of Boss Furniture and immediate past president of the JMA
Gary 'Butch' Hendrickson, chairman of Continental Baking Company
Metry Seaga, deputy president, JMA
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What some industry leaders suggest

Metry Seaga, deputy president, JMA

There needs to be a window of opportunity for companies and the way that window can be given is through the mindset of the Government changing and the Government sets the procurement policy in place and set their mindset to start buying Jamaican.

Steven Whittingham, JMA director

When we talk about growing our country, we really need to talk about growing smaller enterprises. Then we go small to medium, medium to large and the only way to do that is to remove the banking restrictions because you prevent the have-nots from entering into the marketplace.

Brian Pengelley, president of the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA)

The JMA wants to deliver a positive message, at least monthly, about the success story of a manufacturer or something within the industry. There are too many negatives.

Omar Azan, chairman and CEO of Boss Furniture and immediate past president of the JMA

What I need to see is more long-term planning from our Government in terms of policies that will incentivise business people to go into production. We not saying to pump money into it, just policies and clearing the way and we will see a huge turnaround.

Gary 'Butch' Hendrickson, chairman of Continental Baking Company

Jamaican manufacturers, look we have to start winning the hearts and minds of our customers. We can't just say you must buy Jamaican, you must tell me why. Are we satisfied as a manufacturing body or individually that what we are producing here is as good as anything anywhere.

Michael Ranglin, CEO, GK Foods

As a country, we have to be decisive on the source of fuel that we are going to decide on once and for all. I think we really have to do something about electricity costs.