FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedSeveral Activities Planned for Tourism Awareness Week Craft Council Set Up To Improve IndustryJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill (left), addresses the inaugural meeting of the Craft Council of Jamaica, held on Tuesday, September 9, at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices. Also pictured is State Minister for Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Damion Crawford. The Craft Council of Jamaica has been set up to create an effective governance, operational, technical and infrastructural framework that will strengthen the sector. RelatedNegril Police Station To Be Refurbished Related2.4 Per Cent Increase in Stopover Arrivals Craft Council Set Up To Improve Industry TourismSeptember 10, 2014Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards Story HighlightsThe Craft Council of Jamaica, comprising local craft traders, producers and other stakeholders, has been established, as the Government continues its work to facilitate sustainable development of the industry.The group had its inaugural meeting at the New Kingston offices of the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, on September 9.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, said the meeting was very significant, “as it signals the commencement of a strategic process to totally streamline the craft industry.” Advertisements The Craft Council of Jamaica, comprising local craft traders, producers and other stakeholders, has been established, as the Government continues its work to facilitate sustainable development of the industry.The group had its inaugural meeting at the New Kingston offices of the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, on September 9.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, said the meeting was very significant, “as it signals the commencement of a strategic process to totally streamline the craft industry.” He noted that while craft is a very important industry and one which has the potential of becoming a major growth sector, there are many long-standing issues, “which we must resolve, in order to effectively develop the sector and harness its potential.”Dr. McNeill pointed out that prime among these issues is the need to implement a proper governance structure and regulatory framework.“Given the fact that there are multiple state bodies with oversight for craft, as well as the largely informal structures that exist, it is important for us to take a strategic and holistic approach to the management of craft,” he said.The Minister said the Council would play an integral role in this regard, as its main objective will be to create an effective governance, operational, technical and infrastructural framework that will strengthen the craft sector and facilitate sales, promotion and marketing of craft, both locally and internationally.He explained that the Council will act as a central body to “coordinate the push to oversee the development of the craft sector in its entirety and monitor the quality of the items produced and sold as authentic Jamaican craft.”Dr. McNeill informed that the group will also play a pivotal role in overseeing the development of the Craft policy, which is intended to modernise the sector.Among the objectives of the craft policy is streamlining the sector by facilitating incremental improvements in areas such as quality, variety, customer satisfaction and profits to the entire industry.It also seeks to facilitate the sustainable growth of the craft industry and promote greater local identity of finished craft and souvenirs. It will foster innovation, greater regulation, as well as better production and distribution.Stakeholder groups represented on the Council include: the Port Authority of Jamaica; Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), under the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce; Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts; Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment; Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo); and Ministry of Youth and Culture.“I am pleased to say that we have pulled together a team of experienced individuals and I am confident that under the leadership of the Chair, Mary Helen Reece, you will effectively address the issues that have been plaguing the sector for decades,” the Minister said.
FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Senator’s Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) released statements after President Donald Trump delivered his third State of the Union Address on Tuesday night. Senator Sullivan: “I thought it was a strong speech. I thought it was an optimistic speech—optimism that was actually based on real results that we’re seeing in America because of our policies that we’re working on with the Trump administration. Growing the economy. Seven million new jobs created in just the last three years. The lowest unemployment rate in over 50 years. Wages are going up, poverty is going down. We’re going to be bringing this economic dynamism to our state. We have to. I think we’re on the verge of that.” During the Presidents address he highlighted the economy’s strength, including low unemployment, stressing how it has helped blue-collar workers and the middle class, though the period of growth began under his predecessor, Barack Obama. And what President Trump calls an unprecedented boom, economic growth was 2.3% in 2019, matching the average pace since the Great Recession ended a decade ago. On nights like this, I think back to one of my first conversations with President Trump, when he told me he wanted to get things done for the good of the country, and I told him I want to get things done for Alaska. We agreed to work together wherever we could, and we continue to work with the administration on issues important to Alaskans.” Senator Murkowski: “The past few months have been painfully polarizing in the Congress and across much of the country. But tonight, we saw reminders of why we should have hope for our nation. It starts with those who defend our freedoms with their very life. Our military – the men and women who serve in uniform, often far from home in difficult and dangerous conditions. Our thoughts tonight are with all our military and particularly the thousands who are based in Alaska, but currently deployed to Iraq. President Trump stressed the new trade agreements he has negotiated, including his phase-one deal with China and the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement he signed last month. While the White House said the president would have a message of unity, he also spent time on issues that have created great division and resonated with his political base.