HC Urges Wolverhampton Investors to Look to Jamaica


Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Anthony Johnson is encouraging Jamaican entrepreneurs and other business interests in Wolverhampton to look to the island, noting that the country offers real opportunities for investment.
Addressing the Wolverhampton business community recently, during his first official visit to the West Midlands city, the High Commissioner highlighted key sectors in Jamaica, which he said, offered good potential for investors.
These include tourism, agro processing, construction, information communication technology (ICT), and business outsourcing.
Head of Economic Development for the Wolverhampton City Council, Jay Patel, said that the city is keen to explore economic and business ties with the island, and is looking to establish links with the Jamaican athletes and delegation for the 2012 Olympic Games, which will be held in London.
He said there is a proposal to host a reception for the team and related activities prior to and after the games.
Speaking to Jamaicans at a community meeting held later in the day, the High Commissioner urged the audience to “get involved in production in Jamaica.”
He pointed to potential in agro processing to meet the international demand for Jamaican produce such as scotch bonnet peppers and aloe vera.
He also appealed to the Wolverhampton-based Jamaicans to have faith in the country.
“In two years’ time we are going to be 50 years as a nation. When you first came here (United Kingdom) many people did not know about Jamaica or Jamaicans. Today, you have created Brand Jamaica that is strong and positive. There is no area of human activity that you do not excel in. Our challenge is to ensure that the second and third generation keep in line with this”, Mr. Johnson said.
He also urged them to continue to love and care for their children and to maintain strong family structures to ensure that their children can lead productive lives.

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