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Jamaica delegation heads to Panama for logistics summit

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce (MIIC) and JAMPRO are to engage key stakeholders in the global logistics industry at the LATAM Ports & Logistics Summit in Panama City from March 26 to 27.

JAMPRO on Thursday said that the Jamaica delegation, led by Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, was invited by the Panamanian embassy.

Hylton will be accompanied by JAMPRO’s Manager of Logistics and Emerging Markets Tastey Blackman; Dr Eric Deans, Chairman of the Logistics Task Force; Dr Fritz Pinnock, President, Caribbean Maritime Institute; Seymour Harley of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica; Francis Kennedy, President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC); and Marjorie Kennedy, President of the Jamaica Exporters’ Association (JEA).

The LATAM Ports & Logistics Summit, according to a JAMPRO release, provides a global stage to promote Jamaica as the logistics hub of the Caribbean and to learn about changes taking place in the port and logistics sector while networking with industry leaders. The mission will also involve scheduled meetings with potential investors and other government officials.

Newly appointed Manager of Logistics and Emerging Markets at JAMPRO, Blackman, sees this mission as an ideal opportunity to share with investors advantages offered by Jamaica’s strategic geographic location and infrastructure.

“I welcome this, my first mission on behalf of the agency and the opportunity it presents to interact with foreign investors who are looking to partner with Jamaica’s logistics hub initiative,” said Blackman.

According to Blackman, the trade and investment agency’s role in the development of the Jamaica logistics hub is not only to attract investment but also to promote and build awareness about the business opportunities presented by the initiative.

JAMPRO in its release said that the Jamaican delegation will get to see on the ground operations in the Panama Logistics Hub through site visits to the Manzanilla International Terminal, which is adjacent to the Colon Free Zone; Decal Panama SA an International company specialising in bunkering services and the City of Knowledge, a unique cluster of technological and academic institutions.