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Jamaica: Robinson repeats call for removal of duties on electronic devices

Opposition Spokesman on Finance, Planning and the Public Service, Julian Robinson has repeated his call for the Government to remove the duties and taxes on electronic devices to ensure more students have access to online learning.

Having first made the call several months ago, Robinson, the Member of Parliament for South East St Andrew, repeated it on Tuesday in the House of Representatives. He was responding to a statement by Technology Minister, Daryl Vaz, who outlined a vision for moving Jamaica forward as a digital economy, underpinned by more broadband access.

“Having heard you, and the plans to move Jamaica forward…I can’t reconcile why, as an Administration you would continue to have the taxes on devices, on computer devices and tablets,” Robinson told Vaz.

“Just last week Trinidad made a decision to remove all the taxes on these devices,” Robinson added.

Based on an independent study, the government stands to lose in the region of US$5 million (J$725 million) if the duties were removed.

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