Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams [shown above] has called for increased co-operation and trade facilitation between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago in order to boost innovation and competitiveness. Here are excerpts with a link to the full article below:
[. . .] Ffolks-Abrahams was speaking at a business networking luncheon at the International Waterfront Centre in Trinidad, following the opening ceremony of the eighth Americas Competitiveness Forum.
She identified several areas where these partnerships can occur. In the area of logistics, connectivity and productivity she said while State-owned Caribbean Airlines is a major player in terms of transportation and connectivity in the region there needs to be another airline.
“We need more. For example carriers can be slightly repurposed by identifying the time slots which have the least commercial activity and reserving them for air freight. This would be an innovative way to boost efficiency in the transport of commercial cargo and maximise the utility of air carriers and that way of course you make more money as well and it will make all of us a lot happier,” she said.
“More frequent trips to the islands and more direct connections where applicable would also allow for greater movement of persons,” Ffolkes added.
She also suggested that through film and animation both islands can also work together as there is a high demand for Caribbean productions. Other areas of collaboration, she said, were through the fashion industry, sport, education and the energy sector.
“We in Jamaica are again exploring the fashion industry. We can collaborate on that and beat the system by working together. We already have Caribbean fashion collaborations with both Jamaican and Trinidadian designers through Caribbean Fashion Week and Style Week. A valuable way to build on these connections is to establish a mentorship programme which utilises the expertise of each country and consider exchange programs that would pair young designers with more established ones.”
On another note, Ffolks-Abrahams said both islands must lobby for greater freedom in the movement of people if they are serious about leveraging skills to boost innovation, productivity and entrepreneurship. [. . .]
For full article, see http://m.jamaicaobserver.com/mobile/news/Jamaica-calls-for-greater-partnership-with-T-T