LONDON — Jamaica's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Her Excellency Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, recently paid a successful two-day visit to Scotland, in a bid to strengthen social and business links ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Mrs. Ndomet Assamba, who led a team that included the head of the UK/European offices of JAMPRO, Laurence Jones; and Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) Regional Director for the UK and Northern Europe, Elizabeth Fox, met with political and business leaders in Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as game organisers.
"We were invited to Scotland and felt that it would be a good idea for us to be the first country there, talking to the organisers and to see how we could bring the excitement that Jamaica brought to London 2012 into the Commonwealth Games. It was also an opportunity for us to be able to sell the investment opportunities that exist in Jamaica in Scotland," the High Commissioner informed.
She stated that the visit was very successful and "laid the ground work for the extra work that we will do between Jamaica and Scotland".
"We already have one very serious investor and that particular business has been up and running for just about a month and that investor indicated that he was going back to Jamaica, because while he was setting up the first business in Jamaica he saw that opportunity to set up a second business. So, we have already begun to start to do the work to bring additional investment into Jamaica from Scotland," she said.
The High Commissioner, in her address at a business breakfast meeting hosted by JAMPRO at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) in Glasgow, said that the Jamaican Government was eager to attract more foreign direct investment and increase the country's exports to Europe.
"Jamaica is open for business. We have made every effort to provide a stable political environment in which to live and prosper by ensuring the rule of law, freedom of association, and freedom of the press. We have free and fair elections, and allow free movement of persons and information," she told the gathering.
The Jamaican delegation was warmly welcomed by the Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmon, who, in a letter, told the High Commissioner that he was ready to enhance links with Jamaica.
He also said he was looking forward to welcoming the Jamaican team and supporters to Glasgow in 2014 for the Commonwealth Games.