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  • Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, heads a four-member delegation is leaving the island on Thursday, February 13.
  • Dr. Phillips will be attending the Third Annual Consultation Meeting of the IDB with Caribbean Governors in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
  • Other members of the team, which will return on Saturday, February 15, include Director General of the PIOJ, Colin Bullock.

Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, heads a four-member delegation is leaving the island on Thursday, February 13, to attend the Third Annual Consultation Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) with Caribbean Governors in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer made the disclosure during on February 12 Jamaica House press briefing.

Ms. Falconer informed that this consultation, which is normally held prior to the annual meeting of the IDB Board of Governors, will include presentations on topics of particular interest to the Caribbean region such as the macro economic outlook, competitiveness and investment.

“An update will also be given on the annual Caribbean Growth Forum which was held in the Bahamas in September 2013,” she said.

Other members of the team, which will return on Saturday, February 15, include Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Colin Bullock; Deputy Financial Secretary, Darlene Morrison; and Technical Advisor to the Minister, Helen McIntosh.

The Minister said that Cabinet approved the trip, which is estimated to cost $700,000.

In the meantime, Ms. Falconer also informed that Cabinet approved travel for Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill to Panama (from February 12 to 14), for meetings with the Executive Team of Copa Airlines.

“The purpose of the meeting is to advance discussions with Copa for airlift and marketing in Latin American countries, especially those for which there was an ease on visa requirements,” Ms. Falconer informed.

The Minister is being accompanied by Chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board, Dennis Morrison.

The cost of travel is $597,240.