Rapid growth of ECommerce offers opportunity for region – Johnson Smith

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#United States, November 6, 2017 – Washington DC – Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says the rapid pace of technological advancement and expansion of e-commerce globally provides opportunity for Latin American and Caribbean countries to increase trade and commercial ties and pursue their respective growth agendas.She was addressing a Regional Policy Dialogue on Trade and Integration convened by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) at its headquarters in Washington DC on Wednesday (November 1).   The two-day meeting, which involved representatives of major corporations such as Google, United Parcel Service (UPS) and Walmart, looked at the obstacles to enhanced integration of the region and explored ways to deepen commercial ties among countries.Minister Johnson Smith said “closer cooperation with Latin America is one of the foreign policy priorities of the Government of Jamaica and, therefore, participation in the Regional Policy Dialogue is an important step to this end”.   The delegates agreed that digital trade and e-commerce are excellent avenues for the countries in the region to expand those links.Minister Johnson Smith pointed out that the Government has been taking steps to expand its digital footprint. She noted that Jamaica is the first Caribbean country to introduce an e-gov platform to facilitate improved connection with and service to citizens.The Minister took the opportunity to update the meeting on policy and legislative developments, which have enhanced Jamaica’s information and communications technology (ICT) framework to better enable the Government to use e-commerce as a vehicle to empower small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs.The Regional Policy Dialogue on Trade and Integration also discussed preparations for the 11th Session of the Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December.   While in Washington, Minister Johnson Smith also met with legislators on Capitol Hill on various policy issues.Jamaica’s delegation included Deputy Director, Foreign Trade Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Richard Brown; Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Jamaica, Marsha Coore Lobban; Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, Nicholette Williams; and Counsellor for Jamaica at the IDB, Arthur Williams.Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more

Road crashes claim four more lives

first_imgAt least four people, including a woman and her daughter, were killed in separate road accidents in Feni and Lakshmipur districts on Sunday night, reports UNB.In Feni, a woman and her daughter were killed and three people injured as a speedy bus hit their auto-rickshaw at Tebaria village in Sadar upazila.The deceased were Johora Begum, 36, and her daughter Faria Akhter, 16, of the village.The bus hit the CNG-run auto-rickshaw on Dhaka-Chattogram highway around 8:00pm, leaving five people injured, said chairman Mosharraf Uddin of Lemua Union Parishad.Locals took them to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where the physicians declared Johora and Faria dead, he said.In Lakshmipur, two members of a family were killed in a head-on collision between a human hauler and a motorcycle at Gugibari in Ramganj upazila.The deceased were Md Sumon Hossain and his nephew Md Tamim Hossain, residents of the upazila.The human hauler collided with the motorcycle around 8:00pm, killing Tamim on the spot, said Md Anwar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Ramganj police station.Sumom was taken to upazila health complex where the physicians pronounced him dead, the OC added.Road crashes took away 66 lives across the country in just four days during the Eid-ul-Fitr vacation.last_img read more