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Aaron Joseph Matalon

The nine-year stint by Aaron Joseph Matalon (1953-1957 & 1960-1965) makes him the longest serving President of the JMA. Under this dynamic leader, the Association staged Jamaica’s first exhibition of locally produced gods in 1953. His administration also effectively advocated the imposition of quantitative restriction on imports, the establishment of the Bureau of Standards and the development of free trade within the English- speaking Caribbean. Mr. Matalon left behind a legacy of growth, manifested through the programmes spearheaded by the Jamaica Industrial Development Corporation (JIDC), which was established during his tenure.