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(Photo: Jampro)

More Jamaicans flock to manufacturing sector

(Photo: Jampro)

Jamaica Promotions Corporation (Jampro) has reported an increase in the number of manufacturers entering the cosmetics space, many of whom began exporting in 2019, according to the Economic and Social Survey Jamaica 2019.

The document, which was recently tabled in the House of Representatives, notes that many of these products utilised natural ingredients and were targeted at health-conscious consumers. This, it adds, helped to fuel the increased use of locally grown raw materials, such as castor, aloe vera, coconut, and cannabis.

“More than 50 new haircare and skincare products were introduced into the United States (US). The national ban on single-use plastics fuelled opportunities for manufacturing of biodegradable packaging, such as paper bags and bamboo straws,” the survey states.

Another area of increased activity was pharmaceutical products, particularly over-the-counter products, some of which entered new export markets in the Caribbean region.

As it relates to agro-processing and the agribusiness sector, investment was approximately US$46 million.

The bulk of the investments materialised domestically and were led by an agro-processing project in St Catherine, which should have introduced state-of-the-art technology into the food production space.

The report further noted that smaller private-sector investment projects facilitated by JAMPRO were for plant expansions, retooling and implementation of quality standards to meet the requirements of Jamaica’s major export markets of the USA, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

“Overall, the investments in the sector were aimed to take advantage of growing domestic and export market opportunities,” the document adds.

Benefits were also derived from the continued implementation of investment projects from the previous year, including the multimillion-dollar investments in cold-storage facilities in key locations.

— JIS