Answers to the Newspaper Supplement - Word Scramble
- CUSTOMER FOCUSED
- DE MINIMIS
- AIRWAY BILL
- CUSTOMS BROKER
- BONDED WAREHOUSE
- INTERNATIONAL TRADE
- NOTHING TO DECLARE
- PROPER INVOICE
- BORDER PROTECTION
- TRADE FACILITATION
- REVENUE COLLECTION
- COUNTRY ABOVE SELF
The Jamaica Customs Agency annual customs week church service ensured a vibrant and spiritual start to this year’s Customs Week activities as staff and stakeholders gathered, mostly online, to praise and worship on Sunday.
The ceremony, held under the theme “Scaling up Customs Digital Transformation by Embracing a Data Culture and Building a Data Ecosystem,” was attended by State Minister within the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, the Hon. Dr. Norman Dunn, State Minister within the Ministry of Finance and Public Service, Hon. Marsha Smith, CEO/Commissioner of JCA, Velma Ricketts Walker, head of public sector department and agencies, the diplomatic community, key stakeholders, staff of the JCA and friends.
In his greetings, Minister Dunn commended the JCA for the successful implementation of various digital platforms that were achieved through coordinated efforts with other agencies.
“Major commendation must be given to the JCA for the digital initiatives already implemented that are enabling the public sector to serve better, for example, the Jamaica Single Window for Trade (JSWIFT) – a collaboration with our Border Regulator Agencies, that creates a single ecosystem for trade locally and internationally,” Minister Dunn said.
“JSWIFT is an important step in the right direction, as this single access point allows for easier submission of documents, along with the improvements to the ASYCUDA systems,” he added.
He said, too, that the implementation of these initiatives amidst the global health crisis “speaks to the visionary leadership and committed team at Jamaica Customs.”
Meanwhile, the CEO/Commissioner of the JCA, Velma Ricketts Walker, in deliver her customs week message, reminded the congregation (virtual and physical) to “reflect on the past year and be spiritually re-ignited for the rest of the year and beyond.”
Commissioner Ricketts-Walker also acknowledged the many challenges brought on by the global pandemic, and thanks the JCA employees for adapting to the new paradigm.
Additionally, a minute of silence was observed for Brian Andrews, Paul Thompson, and Carol Caseman, staff members who died recently.
Each year the international customs community celebrates International Customs Day (ICD) in recognition of the vital role of customs officials in handling the flow of goods across international borders. Other activities planned in celebration of this year’s Customs Week are the Employees’ Reward and Recognition Awards, launch of JCA’s Podcast Series, Newspaper Supplement and Staff Vybz Day.
The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) was awarded on Monday, January 24 in the "Most Innovative/Creative International Men’s" category for their submission to the Bureau of Gender Affairs’ Gender Challenge.
The award is organized by the Bureau of Gender Affairs, a division of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport that has, among its missions, the recognition of women and creates avenues for their full integration in national development.
Accepting the award on behalf of the JCA, Princess Sinclair, Director, Organisational Development said, "the award was well received by the Jamaica Customs Agency, and it reinforces the Agency’s commitment as a partner for gender equity and diversity at the local and regional level."
With an equal-opportunity recruitment process, the Agency has a diversified workforce which drives its growth and development. Today, women represent more than 60% of the staff at the JCA, far exceeding Jamaica’s 46% of total women in the labour force as reported by the World Bank in 2020.
"We are proud that we have a diversified multi generational workforce that comprises 68% females (general population) and 64% at the senior management level.
To ensure an inclusive and friendly workplace, the Agency adopts several gender sensitization strategies that explicitly oppose sexual harassment, with dedicated policies to further promote a healthy work environment for all employees. At present, 98% of senior management has been fully sensitized.
The Jamaica Customs Agency plans to continue the use of creative and innovative strategies to implement gender mainstreaming activities within its operations.
Focus: Online Public Forum on Incentives and Productive Inputs Relief
Theme: Incentives and Productive Inputs Relief - Who Stands to Benefit?
The Jamaica Customs Agency will, on Thursday, October 14, 2021, host its 'Triple C' Series - 'Click, Connect and Converse with Customs,' with focus on Incentives and Productive Inputs Relief (PIR). Key emphasis for this forum, will be on primary producers and manufacturers, particularly micro and medium-sized enterprises. The forum is slated to begin at 10:00 a.m. and last up to midday.
The forum will seek to demystify and clarify any misunderstanding about who can benefit from incentives and PIR. Therefore, the main presentation will include legislation governing incentives and PIR, the criteria/requirements to benefit, the application process and procedures, categories of beneficiaries, types of incentives available, etc. As is customary, the forum will include staff, external stakeholders - local and overseas, and private and public sector entities.
The registration for this forum will be done by way of the JCA's website and as such I am soliciting your help to establish the registration portal to facilitate same this Thursday. For the most part, except for the topic and theme, all other fields remain the same. Please see the following verbiage and guide for your perusal. I will also ask Mr. Williams to establish and provide you with the link for the portal before hand.
'Jamaica Customs - Keeping Our Customers in Focus'