Dominican Republic an Important Market – JAMPRO Head

first_imgStory Highlights The Dominican Republic is an important target market for Jamaica. President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Dianne Edwards, says the Dominican Republic is an important target market for Jamaica.Ms. Edwards, who was addressing a press briefing on September 23, on the early outcomes of JAMPRO’s first ever trade mission to the Dominican Republic between September 10 and 14, said the agency’s clear intention is to develop this market and to facilitate direct buyer engagements for Jamaican exporters.“The Dominican Republic is an important target market for us not only because of its size and geographic proximity to Jamaica, but also because we need to break new ground, find new opportunities to think outside the box and look at new markets and opportunities,” she said.She assured members of the private sector that JAMPRO was taking a long-term interest in the Spanish speaking country, which has an estimated population of 10 million, which is five times the Jamaican market, and can provide the gateway to a further 10 million persons in neighbouring Haiti, with which it shares a border.“What we are interested in doing is a deep dive into new markets. We are not interested in going broad brush into a whole series of markets. What we want to do is to really build a partnership with the Dominican Republic, so it is not just that we have been there one time and done with that. What we are going to be doing is continuing to research the new opportunities that the market offers us and take new companies to that market because it is a huge market, a huge opportunity,” the JAMPRO head said.She further noted that the Dominican Republic can be a bridge for Jamaican exporters into new markets as it is closer to the Hispanic Caribbean and Spain than Jamaica.In 2012, Jamaica imported US$48 million worth of goods from the Dominican Republic, while exporting approximately US$540,000. The JAMPRO in highlighting the figures, pointed to the need to bridge the trade deficit.The trade mission to the Dominican Republic was executed in partnership with the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA), Jamaica Exporters Association (JEA), Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Dominican Republic Embassy in Jamaica, the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, among others.One of the aims of the mission was to gain greater knowledge and understanding of a market that has remained largely unexplored by Jamaica despite the CARICOM-DR free trade agreement.It included two business fora, site visits, meetings with government and private sector agencies, while individual companies participated in business meetings.The mission was hailed a success by all who attended with several firms returning home with commitments from businesses in the Dominican Republic. JAMPRO’s clear intention is to develop this market and to facilitate direct buyer engagements for Jamaican exporters. The Dominican Republic can be a bridge for Jamaican exporters into new markets.last_img read more

Crawfish Season to Commence on 15 August 2017

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 25, 2017 – Providenciales – Fishing interests, restaurants and the general public are reminded of the opening of Crawfish Season next month. As has been the case for the past five seasons, the Crawfish Season will open on 15th August. This has proven successful in reducing the quantity of egg-bearing lobsters landed, and is believed to have contributed to increased abundance and landings of crawfish. The last day of the Crawfish season will be 31th March, 2018.“The past few seasons have seen an increase in the catch per unit of effort, a reassuring statistic suggesting a healthy and rebuilding crawfish stock. This will provide social, economic and environmental benefits to the Turks and Caicos Islands. We need to continue to implement the measures we have in place which includes enforcement and monitoring the fishery, to assure our actions are guided by strong science.” said Ethan Griesbach, Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR) Acting Director.Restrictions relating to crawfish, as per the Fisheries Protection Ordinance, are listed below:Crawfish size restrictions are as follows:When whole, a length of 3.25 inches measured from the front of the groove between the horns directly above the eyes, along the middle of the back to the rear edge of the back shell; orWhen the tail has been separated, a tail weight of 5 ounces whether processed or not;Fishers are not to be in the possession of any egg-bearing crawfish;Fishers are not to remove eggs from egg-bearing crawfish;Fishers are not to take or be in possession of moulting / soft-shelled crawfish or crawfish in early stages of spawning (described as appearing ‘tar-spotted’); andFishers are to ensure that the crawfish are landed unharmed (except for those taken by hook) and landed whole prior to being processed on land (at a processing plant or at home), unless processed at sea as per the terms of the processing license.The use of any noxious substance (e.g. bleach, detergent, gasoline) for capturing any marine product is prohibited.DECR appeals to citizens, residents and visitors in the Turks & Caicos Islands, to familiarise themselves with and to uphold the Fisheries Protection Regulations, and urges all responsible citizens to call DECR at 338 4170 or email environment@gov.tc to report any violations.Press Release: TCIG Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Vote NO On Article 1 At Special Town

first_img(EDITOR’S NOTE: Special Town Meeting Article 1 asks “To see if the Town will eliminate multi-family housing in the central business and neighborhood mixed use districts defined in the Wilmington zoning bylaws.” If this article passes, no new apartments, condos or townhouses can be built in town. The one exception would be through the state’s 40B program. (The town may become susceptible to 40B projects if its affordable housing stock falls below 10% of its overall housing stock after the 2020 census.) 40B housing projects do not need to follow local zoning regulations. Such developments can be higher, bigger, and denser than what’s normally permitted.)Dear Editor,Many voices have been raised in recent weeks warning of the potential costs to Wilmington of additional multi-family development. Some have gone so far as to suggest that these costs, particularly in the form of increased school enrollment, could bankrupt the town. I believe the costs would be significantly lower than many fear.People have long assumed that an increase in housing units leads to an increase in the school population. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (the public regional planning agency serving the 101 towns of greater Boston) has looked at the data and last year published a study concluding that “the conventional wisdom that links housing production with inevitable enrollment growth no longer holds true.” Not only have demographic trends (with baby boomers’ children aging out of school and subsequent generations having fewer children) led to a sharp decrease in school enrollment generally, but those towns that have experienced an increase in enrollment have done so largely irrespective of housing production, as a result either of their highly desirable school districts (Belmont, Brookline, Lexington) or their much-more-affordable-than-average housing stock (Revere, Everett, Chelsea, Lynn). Wilmington’s school population has mirrored the general demographic trends, falling 9.14% from 2011 to 2017 (from 3732 to 3391 students).For those interested in reading more, the MAPC study is available at www.mapc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/MAPC_HousingEnrollment_Final.pdf and general school enrollment data can be found at http://www.doe.mass.edu/infoservices/reports/enroll/default.html?yr=1011.Concerns have also been raised about increased traffic and other infrastructure burdens. While such burdens are undoubtedly real, they can be mitigated. First, multi-family development is not permitted as of right in any zoning district in Wilmington. Instead, in those two districts in which multi-family development is possible, it requires site review and a special permit. The Planning Board thus must be involved and determine, together with the developer, what mitigation measures may be appropriate. Second, multi-family development will generate revenue for the town (unlike other ideas that have been floated for large parcels of developable land, such as town acquisition or taking by eminent domain), which revenue can be used towards services many believe the town already needs, such as construction of a fire sub-station.Multi-family development can advance many of Wilmington’s stated goals. It can preserve open space, by allowing developers to concentrate units on a portion of a site, rather than having to build out the entire site with sprawling single family lots. It can also provide a greater variety of housing units, including those that may be more accessible physically and monetarily to our seniors.Given the robust Boston area economy, development will occur. Leaving development to neighboring towns may seem like a good idea, but likely will result in Wilmington bearing many of the consequences, such as increased traffic, while generating none of the revenue. Multi-family development need not undermine Wilmington’s character. Done correctly, it can improve the town.Sincerely,Megan CoslickLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHOT BUTTON ISSUE: Should The Town Prevent New Condos & Apartments From Being Built? Could It Backfire? (Article 1)In “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fasulo Urges Voters To Support Article 2, Oppose Article 53; “Facts Don’t Add Up” On Sciarappa Village ProposalIn “Letter To The Editor”WHOA! Apartment Complex, 7 Retail Stores & Bank Proposed At Woburn St. & Lowell St. IntersectionIn “Government”last_img read more

In a first Bengal bags highest number of SKOCH awards

first_imgKolkata: With Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee undertaking a series of development projects for the overall development of the state, Bengal has bagged the highest number of SKOCH awards in 2018.This is the first time when the Bengal government has won the highest number of SKOCH awards by implementing projects that have immensely benefitted the people of the state. Different departments, state owned undertakings and districts have received more than 100 SKOCH Order-of-Merit awards. The 52nd SKOCH summit was held in New Delhi for three days from June 21. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) department has received three SKOCH awards and it includes one Gold and one Silver citation. The project of setting up the MSME Facilitation Centre has bagged Gold citation and the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) application, which was implemented as Service With a Smile (SWAS) has received the Silver citation. SWAS is a mobile-based application in both android and IOS as a help desk for entrepreneurs. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned that the Chief Minister had directed to take necessary steps so that information related to the services and benefits extended by the government easily reach entrepreneurs and people involved with the MSME sector at the grassroot level. Accordingly, the projects were introduced and implemented properly. It has brought immense success to the state’s MSME sector. The project of developing infrastructure of state-approved industrial park under PPP mode has also bagged the SKOCH award. The state Panchayat and Rural Development department has also received the SKOCH award. The department has successfully implemented the hundred days work scheme to ensure jobs to the rural populace. Bengal government has been awarded for the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). Several steps, which were taken by the Chief Minister in the past seven years, has given a fresh lease of life to the Agriculture sector of the state. The state Agriculture department had developed Matir Katha, an interactive platform, through which farmers get guidance of experts through phone calls. The same facility is also available online as the state Agriculture department has launched an app called Matir Katha, through which reply to farmers’ questions are given within minimum time. Many other departments of the Mamata Banerjee government have bagged the SKOCH award for various projects. Departments that also received the awards, include Health and Family Welfare Department, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department, Agriculture department and the state Transport department. The Chief Minister has introduced the Samabyathi scheme to extend support to bereaved family members from economically poor section of the society to carry out the last rites of the deceased. The state Transport department has received the Gold citation of the SKOCH award for its project Gatidhara, which ensured means of livelihood to thousands of youth by providing financial assistance to buy commercial vehicles. Besides the departments of the state government, district administration of Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, Dakshin Dinajpur, Birbhum, Bankura, Purulia, East Burdwan, West Burdwan, Asansol-Durgapur Development Authority (ADDA) have received SKOCH awards for different projects. It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister keeps reviewing the projects at both the state and district level. It has ensured the timely completion and implementation of the projects.last_img read more