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 01 Nov 2019    communications   

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, has commended the creation of the new funding facility developed by the National Commercial Bank (NCBJ) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), aimed at providing capital for Small and Medium Sized Entities (SMEs).
Speaking yesterday at the signing ceremony for the Development Credit Authority Loan Portfolio Guarantee Agreement, at NCB’s Wellness Centre in Kingston, Minister Shaw said the new facility is another step in the right direction of placing low-interest funding in the hands of MSMEs as they are a significant driver of economic growth.
“We want more initiatives like these. We have to build back the economy and to do that, we have to build back the confidence of our entrepreneurs,” Shaw said.
The Minister lamented the dearth of low-interest funding options available to MSMEs, despite the fact that “90% of local businesses are MSMEs.”
“Yet MSMEs only access 10 percent of the money available for loan to for businesses. Ninety per cent of the money goes to large businesses,” Minister Shaw said.
He continued: “So in order for us to get the growth [we seek] and go back to 5, 6, 7% growth, we have to make sure that a larger pool of funds is in the hands and MSMEs,” the Minister said.
“We need a period now of just consistent growth and the promotion of entrepreneurial activity through sustainable projects like these,” Shaw said noting the Development Credit Authority Loan Portfolio Guarantee Agreement is a step in the right direction.
The Industry minister further commended the partners, the USAID and the NCBJ for the initiative, noting Jamaica “is going in the right direction.”
The Development Credit Authority Loan Portfolio Guarantee Agreement, valued at US$25 Million or JMD$3.4 Billion, will be available to SMEs in Barbados, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Businesses with no more than 250 employees and gross annual sales of up to 20 million US dollars or the Jamaican dollar equivalent may access the funds.
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