The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) recognises that strong partnerships with its stakeholders, through public education, and other awareness building initiatives can have a transformational impact on compliance. It is against this background that the JCA embarked on one of its most innovative stakeholder engagements, “Customs Meets the Community” (CMC), under the theme: ‘Reaching Our Customers Where They Are.’
The “Customs Meets the Community” parish engagement series are being held in order that the Agency can communicate more effectively with its customers, in keeping with its thrust to inform and educate stakeholders about Customs policies and procedures, and other Customs-related matters.
For its eighth stop in this series, the JCA will be placing the spotlight on the parish of St. Mary, where it will be hosting a Mini-expo and a Town Hall Meeting, at the St. Mary’s Anglican Church Hall, Port Maria, on Thursday, June 27, from 1:00p.m – 6:00p.m.
The Town Hall Session, slated to begin at 3:00p.m., will be streamed online (live) by the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), thus allowing persons locally and internationally to actively participate in the session.
CMC helps the JCA to connect with a diverse range of Jamaicans including political representatives, housewives, farmers, entrepreneurs, as well as with schools, churches, charity groups, and community-based organisations, within the visited parish.
This initiative allows the JCA to more effectively inform, educate and increase the awareness of its customers with regard to Customs policies and procedures, and other Customs-related matters. This is augmented by our collaborative approach, which includes the engagement of other Border Regulatory Agencies to participate in these sessions. Importantly, the forum provides the opportunity for participants to ask questions, state their concerns and give their feedback. The initiative is done in collaboration with the Social Development Commission (SDC).