FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisements Reforms Responsible for Big Jump in Doing Business Ranking CommerceOctober 30, 2014Written by: Alphea Saunders RelatedPrivate Sector, Development Partners Welcome Leap in Doing Business Ranking The Government is attributing Jamaica’s significant jump in the 2015 Doing Business Report ranking from 94 to 58, to a raft of intense reform measures, which have been put in place, or are on-going.Addressing a press conference at JAMPRO’s offices on October 29, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, commended Justice Minister, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding and his team, stressing that a major part in the movement in the index, involved legislative amendments, which underpin the relevant policies and administrative changes.“We have to focus on the modernisation of the bureaucracy…and we have to look at critical institutions, such as the Attorney General’s chambers, and the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel,” he said.Mr. Hylton stressed that the government is very focused on the work that is left to be done, and that its strategy is taking place around a logistics centred economy, with an emphasis on cohesion.With regard to the private sector, the Minister said it is hoped that the ranking provides a concrete sense of the work that has been done, in reforming the macro-economic environment, and the resultant benefits to the business environment.Meanwhile, the Minister expressed confidence in the institutional arrangements that are in place to keep the country on track with its reforms, along with the support from international partners.Mr. Hylton said it is on this basis that he is positive about the next Doing Business report, and is already looking forward to successive reports.“We see investor interest continuing to be strong in Jamaica. The larger investment interests, when made public, will confirm that Jamaica still remains a place of global interest, and local investments,” the Minister added.Prior to the press conference, the Minister met with the National Competitiveness Council (NCC), to examine the movement in the index, targets set at the beginning of the year, the status of those targets, and the way forward.Mr. Hylton pointed out that while it takes into full account the Doing Business Report and its indices, the Council goes beyond the Report, and looks at areas in the economy that must receive focus in order to drive competitiveness, and achieve sustained growth.Released on October 29, the World Bank report, found that Jamaica has the region’s highest ranking in the ease of doing business, and is “closer than it was last year to global best practices in business regulation as measured by its distance to frontier ranking.”The Report also says Jamaica is among 50 per cent of Caribbean countries which implemented a historical and cumulative total of 12 reforms, which make it easier for local entrepreneurs to do business.The annual World Bank Group Doing Business report analyses regulations having to do with an economy’s businesses, including start-ups, trading across borders, taxes, and resolving insolvency. Its key goal is to provide an objective basis for improving and understanding the regulatory environment for business around the world. This year’s report is the 12th publication. RelatedCAC Secures Millions for Customers Story HighlightsThe Government is attributing Jamaica’s significant jump in the 2015 Doing Business Report ranking from 94 to 58, to a raft of intense reform measures, which have been put in place, or are on-going.Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, commended Justice Minister, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding and his team, stressing that a major part in the movement in the index, involved legislative amendmentsMr. Hylton stressed that the government is very focused on the work that is left to be done, and that its strategy is taking place around a logistics centred economy, with an emphasis on cohesion. RelatedIndustry Minister Hails Contribution of Francis Kennedy
Brent Windom, president and CEO of Auto Plus, has announced the appointments of several key individuals to the leadership team. In June of this year, Icahn Enterprises completed its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Uni-Select USA Inc.’s and Beck/Arnley Worldparts, which supported the U.S. automotive parts distribution business of Uni-Select Inc. The transaction included 38 distribution centers and satellite locations, 240 corporately owned jobber stores and more than 3,500 employees in the United States. Icahn Enterprises retained the Auto Plus brand name and Brent Windom was named president and CEO of Auto Plus.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“We are beginning a new phase of growth with the support of Icahn Enterprises,” said Windom. “We are a strong and profitable, customer focused company with strong technological capabilities and an aggressive growth plan. The aftermarket parts industry is expected to expand significantly over the next five years. So, I am very pleased we were able to attract top talent in key leadership positions after our acquisition by Icahn Enterprises in June was finalized. Now our team is well-poised to pursue Auto Plus’ aggressive growth strategy.”Windom announced the following new appointments to the Auto Plus executive team:Mike Englert has been named chief financial officer of Auto Plus. Englert previously served as vice president, finance for the company. In this new role, Englert will oversee all financial functions of Auto Plus. Prior to joining Auto Plus, Englert, a Certified Public Accountant, served in Ernst and Young’s audit practice.Gary Desai was named chief information officer (CIO) of the organization, bringing to Auto Plus more than 30 years of Information Technology (IT) leadership and expertise. Desai will oversee all IT functions in this new role. Before his move to Auto Plus, Desai served as senior vice president, CIO, vice president, IT and Business Transformation and Director of Information Services for various organizations in the automobile industry.AdvertisementMatt Flannery has been appointed general counsel. In this new role, Flannery will oversee all legal matters for Auto Plus. Flannery joins Auto Plus from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., where he served as senior counsel. Prior to Goodyear, Flannery held the positions of senior litigation counsel at Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and associate counsel for Jones Day law firm. He brings more than 20 years of legal experience to the company.Pete Bednarzyk was named senior vice president, supply chain. In his new role, Bednarzyk will manage all aspects of product flow, from manufacturers, to Auto Plus and its customers. Prior to his appointment, Bednarzyk served as senior director, supply chain for Home Depot. His more than 20 years of experience also includes supply chain management positions for Office Depot and FedEx.Elizabeth Johnson will serve as vice president of human resources. Johnson is a 20-year human resource practitioner, holding management positions with companies such as Anheuser-Busch and Uni-Select prior to Auto Plus.“These individuals will help us support the organization during our time of expansion through acquisitions and organic growth,” says Windom. “Our appointed executive team is comprised of industry experts and leaders who will be integral to the continued success of Auto Plus.”
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Jamie McAllister speaks to the gathered media ahead of City’s televised Sky Bet Championship clash with Ipswich Town.