Gary Spaulding, Senior Jamaica Gleaner Writer
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.
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.
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
"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
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