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Jamaica firm makes inroads into T&T

Published:Wednesday | January 1, 2014 | 12:00 AM

As debate continues over the state of economic relations between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, at least one Jamaican company is making inroads there with the assistance of Trinidadian manufacturers.

Centralised Strategic Services (CSS), based in Kingston, recently sent a team to Trinidad to hold talks with financial institutions and government officials.

The discussions related to "the company facilitating strategic reviews of each organisation with a view to identifying fundamental gaps and developing plans to address those gaps to achieve better efficiencies", according to a release issued on behalf of CSS.

CSS is a new business model established to offer centralised professional services to businesses locally and internationally.

The company was assisted in its efforts by a trade facilitation desk based at the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers' Association (TTMA) in Port-of-Spain, according to a release.

CSS is a subsidiary of the Jamaica Co-operative Credit Union League and offers centralised professional services to businesses both locally and internationally.

"We are heartened by the support we have received from the Jamaica-T&T trade facilitation desk, which facilitated our entry into the Trinidad market and from which we have received a favourable response," said Heston Hutton, managing director of CSS, who led his company's delegation.

"In fact, over the next two months, we plan to grow beyond the Trinidad market by visiting a number of other Caribbean markets to offer our services. So, we are very optimistic about the future," Hutton said.

signing of MOU

The trade facilitation desk was established in May 2012 to assist Jamaican firms currently doing business or planning to do business with Trinidad and Tobago. This followed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the TTMA, Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Jamaica Chamber of Commerce and Bermudez Group Limited, with support from the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association and the Jamaica Exporters' Association, the release said.