Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Israelis hop on to logistics hub - Government gets promise for significant assistance with the planned game changer

Gary Spaulding, Senior Jamaica Gleaner Writer

The Israeli government has committed extensive assistance to Jamaica in helping to forge a path to the planned logistics hub that represents one of the Government's primary hopes of stimulating economic recovery.

Israel-JamaicaAmbassador-designate of Israel to Jamaica, Bahij Mansour, told The Sunday Gleaner that the vast expertise and experience of world-renowned ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, with its extensive network, will be brought to bear on the preparation and construction of the hub.

According to Mansour, Jamaicans will be invited to Israel to be trained while the hub is being constructed.

"As we look at how we can deepen the cooperation between the two countries, our government will be hosting Jamaicans to get some experience from Israel. I have high hope for this," said Mansour.

To this end, Mansour said he has met with Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke, as well as Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce Anthony Hylton; Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna, and Education Minister Ronald Thwaites.

"I met with them (last) week and offered them a lot of avenues on how to go forward in the fields of agriculture, trade and energy," said Mansour. "Cooperation is supposed to be two sides and we are offering much of the potential that we have."

Mansour said he spoke with Hylton only minutes before he spoke with The Sunday Gleaner. He said part of the discussions involved the planned inclusion of ZIM being a major part of the logistics hub and centre.

"ZIM will be part of this project because of its experience. They have been working on projects like these for many years," added Mansour of the company which was once public owned but has been divested in private hands.

Massive boost for businesses

Hylton has said that the development of Jamaica into a global logistics hub will prove a massive boost for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises that wish to invest in, or grow their existing operations on the island.

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