Con­tinue to fa­cil­i­tate growth

Jamaica Gleaner - - TECH SOLUTIONS LIMITED -

IT IS with great plea­sure that I con­grat­u­late Tech­no­log­i­cal So­lu­tions Lim­ited (TSL) on reach­ing its 20th year.

As min­is­ter of in­dus­try, com­merce, agri­cul­ture and fish­eries I have stressed the im­por­tance of pro­duc­ing world-class prod­ucts that meet in­ter­na­tional re­quire­ments. As a na­tion we must look to ex­pand­ing our mar­kets, but if our prod­ucts are not up to scratch, our ef­forts will be in vain.

As Ja­maica strives to­wards growth in the econ­omy, the es­sen­tial pil­lars on which to build that growth are the agri­cul­tural, com­merce and in­dus­try sec­tors, and key to the achieve­ment of growth in these sec­tors is a stan­dards-based ap­proach to busi­ness prac­tices.

It is in this con­text of op­ti­mis­ing Ja­maica’s pro­duc­tive ca­pac­ity and in­ter­na­tional com­pet­i­tive­ness that modern tech­nol­ogy has an es­sen­tial role to play and that TSL’s ser­vices and quest for ex­cel­lence as­sume im­por­tant sig­nif­i­cance.

Your ef­forts to as­sist busi­nesses, from small through to medium and large, both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, are com­mend­able and we note, in par­tic­u­lar, your achieve­ment in pro­vid­ing world-class food-safety train­ing, sys­tems im­ple­men­ta­tion and au­dit­ing ser­vices.

GOOD PRAC­TICES

This is no small feat. Now, more than ever, is­sues of food safety and trace­abil­ity stan­dards to in­clude good agri­cul­tural prac­tices, good man­u­fac­tur­ing prac­tices, hazard anal­y­sis and crit­i­cal con­trol points and other qual­ity man­age­ment sys­tems have be­come in­te­gral to global trade and, in this re­gard, TSL has dis­tin­guished it­self as a leader and an ac­tive part­ner with groups such as the Bu­reau of Stan­dards and the Ja­maica Ex­porters As­so­ci­a­tion in en­sur­ing that Ja­maican prod­ucts are con­sis­tently in com­pli­ance with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

I com­mend you and your team for your con­tin­ued work and ex­cel­lence and on be­half of the Min­istry of In­dus­try, Com­merce, Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries, I urge you to con­tinue to fa­cil­i­tate the growth and mod­erni­sa­tion of in­dus­try and ex­port in Ja­maica.

Once again, I of­fer my hearti­est con­grat­u­la­tions to your in­sti­tu­tion on this sig­nal achieve­ment. May you con­tinue to ex­cel in your fu­ture en­deav­ours. KARL SA­MUDA Min­is­ter of In­dus­try, Com­merce, Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries

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