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June 12, 2021

Enabling Environment Necessary for Competition to Thrive

first_imgEnabling Environment Necessary for Competition to Thrive CommerceSeptember 24, 2015Written by: Glenis A. Rose Story HighlightsMinister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, says the creation of an enabling business environment is essential for competition to thrive.Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams was speaking at the National Competition Day forum, held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in Rose Hall, St. James, on September 23.The State Minister expressed the hope that the seminar will provide opportunities for dialogue between the telecommunications sector and consumers. Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon.Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams addresses participants at the National Competition Day forum, held on September 23, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James. Several representatives from 20 countries also participated in the event. RelatedConsumers Urged To Check Before Importing Motor Vehicles RelatedFood Exporters Urged to Become Compliant with Global Labelling Standards RelatedNine Jamaicans Participating in Leadership Programme in Canadacenter_img Enabling Environment Necessary for Competition to ThriveJIS 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 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, says the creation of an enabling business environment is essential for competition to thrive.“Competition is the hallmark of a robust business environment.  It drives innovation, forces increased efficiency in the use of resources and often results in a reduction of costs to consumers,” the State Minister said.Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams was speaking at the National Competition Day forum, held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in Rose Hall, St. James, on September 23.The Fair Trading Commission sponsored forum, entitled: ‘Transforming Jamaica digitally: from Flintstones to Jetsons’, also included representatives from more than 20 countries who converged on the Montego Bay Convention Centre for the 13th Latin American Competition Forum, hosted by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The State Minister expressed the hope that the seminar will provide opportunities for dialogue between the telecommunications sector and consumers.“From a more academic perspective, we also hope that the seminar will facilitate practical discussions in order for us to learn from the best practices of countries that have previously undergone this stage of development,” Mrs. Ffolkes- Abrahams said.For his part, Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, said that one of the most significant milestones in the development of the country was when government took a decision to proactively negotiate with the then Cable and Wireless to end their monopoly on telecommunication services.“The most profound impact of that liberalization for consumers was seen in the introduction of new players in the mobile industry – Digicel and Oceanic.  This created a new industry as not only did we have persons having access to a wider variety of choices, but prices came down and the market actually grew,” he noted.“That has enabled us as a country to become more competitive in a critical industry and as such, allows us to attract more foreign-direct investments in this area,” Mr. Robinson informed. Advertisementslast_img read more

May 27, 2021

FWP Seeking Input on Plan for North Shore Wildlife Management Area along Flathead Lake

first_imgMontana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public input on a proposed management plan for wildlife habitat along the north shore of Flathead Lake.The new plan identifies objectives for wildlife habitat, weed management, infrastructure, and public recreation throughout the 427-acre the North Shore Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located approximately seven miles southeast of Kalispell. The plan also lists proposed management actions that would help achieve those objectives. The WMA is traditional farmland that features a mix of cultivated grain fields, seasonally flooded grasslands, and wooded uplands along Flathead Lake.Owned and managed by FWP, the property abuts the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 1,887-acre North Shore Waterfowl Production Area, which includes conservation easements held on private land by Montana Land Reliance and Flathead Land Trust. Together, the two public areas protect the longest stretch of undeveloped shoreline on Flathead Lake. They also help support over 229 bird species. Annually, these areas host tens of thousands of migrating waterfowl that rest and feed along the north shore.“Flathead Lake’s north shore is an important landscape for many reasons, including its role as a critical staging area for migratory waterfowl,” said Franz Ingelfinger, restoration ecologist with FWP in Region 1.“FWP’s primary goal for the North Shore WMA is to manage seasonal wetlands and agricultural fields to provide resting and refueling habitat for migratory waterfowl,” Ingelfinger added. “The secondary goals include promoting habitat for upland game birds, songbirds and other nongame bird species, and to provide public opportunities for outdoor recreation, such as hunting and bird watching.”Under the proposed management plan, FWP would strive to promote long-term soil health and wildlife habitat. Some management recommendations include drainage ditch improvements to help manage flooding; naturalization of certain areas to expand permanent cover, including woodland; and the use of food plots and leave grain to provide forage and shelter for migrating waterfowl and upland birds.Agriculture would remain FWP’s primary management tool, and the WMA will continue to be leased to a grower who, in lieu of payment, will leave a portion of the crop standing in the field.The North Shore WMA was acquired in three phases between 2008 and 2016 with a vision to protect water quality, critical habitat, and wildlife on farmland along Flathead Lake.The most recent acquisition occurred in 2016, when a 77-acre slice of farmland and wildlife habitat gained permanent protection by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, with help from Flathead Land Trust and the River to Lake Initiative.Montana’s Wildlife Management Areas are lands managed by FWP to benefit a diversity of wildlife species and their habitats on behalf of the public and provide compatible public access for fish- and wildlife-related recreation.The North Shore WMA draft management plan is available on the FWP website at http://fwp.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/environmentalAssessments/plans/pn_0025.html.FWP is accepting public comment on the proposed management plan through Jan. 5. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more