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  • The Government of Jamaica will this fiscal year join hands with other Small Developing States (SIDS) to ensure that the issues of this group of nations receive meaningful attention.
  • Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen says the country’s foreign policy thrust is aimed at developing a strategic vision, as it engages other SIDS.
  • Jamaica’s role at the third United Nations Conference on SIDS, scheduled for Samoa in September, will be vital.

The Government of Jamaica will this fiscal year join hands with other Small Developing States (SIDS) to ensure that the issues of this group of nations receive meaningful attention.

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen says the country’s foreign policy thrust is aimed at developing a strategic vision, as it engages other SIDS on common interests.

The Governor General was delivering the Throne Speech in Gordon House today (April 3), to mark the start of the 2014/15 fiscal year.

He noted that Jamaica’s role at the third United Nations Conference on SIDS, scheduled for Samoa in September, will be vital.

“The Conference will play an important role in placing the concerns of SIDS squarely on the international agenda. Jamaica will be focusing on the issue of small states on many fronts, including within the Commonwealth, where Jamaica is a member of the Ministerial Open-Ended Group of Small States,” the Governor- General said.

Meanwhile, he noted that there will be an increased level of consultation and engagement with the Jamaican private sector on trade policy, and international business promotions. “Through our overseas missions, we will continue to target business opportunities and investments,” he said.

Stressing that the Government places great value on the work of the Jamaican Diaspora, the Governor-General told the Parliament that work is far advanced on the development of a Diaspora Policy, which will complement the National Policy on International Migration and Development.

Speaking under the theme: ‘Going For Growth: Creating Opportunities,’ the Governor-General called on Jamaicans to make economic freedom, and strong democratic principles “our ideals, as we enter our fifty-second year as an independent nation”.

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