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Trinidad and Tobago has agreed to supply LNG to Jamaica at a price to be agreed. However no third party should benefit from the arrangement. This was disclosed at a joint press briefing hosted by the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson Miller and Trinidad & Tobago’s Prime Minister Patrick Manning in Port of Spain this morning (April 25, 2006). The press briefing followed the holding of bilateral talks between the two Heads.
Prime Minister Simpson Miller, who is on her first official visit abroad since assuming office almost a month ago, said that the arrangement must be of benefit to the two countries. Technical teams of both countries will be meeting to hammer out the details of the price agreement.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Patrick Manning said that despite weaknesses in the Petrocaribe agreement, Trinidad & Tobago was prepared to facilitate the arrangement.
Fielding questions from journalists in the twin-island Republic, Simpson Miller said that she was committed to investing in the aluminum smelter plant to be built in Trinidad. She said that the project would benefit the countries and their citizens.
Turning to the matter of security, the Jamaican PM told the press that the country was reaping some success from the assistance of foreign partners in the fight against crime and violence. She also said that the Ministers in charge of national security from Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago were working together on areas such as the security of our borders and drug trafficking.
The Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who was asked to comment on recent events in Guyana, expressed sympathy to the Government and people of Guyana on the shooting death of the Agriculture Minister Mr. Satyadeow Sawh. She said that she was concerned about the number of murders being committed across the region.
After the press briefing, she attended a children’s rally put on by the Ministry of Education that involved several cultural items at the Jean Pierre Sports Complex Port of Spain. The Prime Minister told hundreds of students from primary and secondary schools, that the region’s history of survival and triumph was a proud history. She said that that history should be taught to the region’s children in their homes, school and communities.
The Prime Minister later addressed the Trinidad & Tobago Manufacturers’ Association where she spoke to the business community.

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