ELECTRONIC COMMERCE: The act of registering your new company is now at your fingertips. As of March 2018, Jamaicans at home and abroad will be able to register their businesses online with the Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ). Industry minister Karl Samuda says the COJ will be putting the necessary systems in place to facilitate the initiative. The COJ is responsible for the registration of local and overseas companies, individuals and firms carrying on business in Jamaica. Samuda says enabling this kind of business registration is the next step in the process of making biz transactions in Jamaica easier, while improving the country’s ranking in the World Banks’ Doing Business Report.
“Prime Minister Holness is plainly buried under the pressure of creating solutions to the country’s runaway murder rate, reports of gun finds and misinformation. I sympathize with him, but he is the one who came begging for the job. He begged us to vote for him, and he presented us with the conditions for those votes. So far the votes may be holding, but as the murder rate continues in its horrible path, his time may be running out.” – Newspaper columnist Mark Wignall