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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has called for unity and increased partnership among countries in order to advance sustainable development for all.
  • Mrs. Simpson Miller was addressing members of the diplomatic corps this morning (February 10), at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Regional Headquarters in St. Andrew.
  • Diplomatic Week 2015 got underway with a church service on Sunday, February 8 at the Hope United Church, in Kingston, and will conclude on Friday, February 13, with a visit to the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has called for unity and increased partnership among countries in order to advance sustainable development for all.

“We recognize that a collective response in the global spirit of cooperation and concern for each other’s welfare will ensure that we leave a lasting and sustainable legacy,” she said.

Mrs. Simpson Miller was addressing members of the diplomatic corps this morning (February 10), at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Regional Headquarters in St. Andrew.

The meeting was part of Diplomatic Week 2015 activities under the theme: ‘Building Partnerships for Sustainable Development.’

She told the diplomats that the Government values its partnership “with you and your countries as being critical to our achievement of sustainable development for the people of Jamaica and of your countries.”

Meanwhile, Mrs. Simpson Miller noted that despite the challenges, there have been some encouraging developments within the international arena. These include further signs of recovery from the financial crisis and a decline in global oil prices.

These developments, she said, call for renewed partnership between the government and all stakeholders and with the public and private sectors.

“We have to strive to enhance the gains from foreign trade and substantially increase our exports of goods and services,” she said.

The Prime Minister again urged the international community to look to Jamaica as a viable place to invest.

She said with the gains being made under the country’s economic reform programme, “Jamaica remains open to doing local and global business on an even bigger scale than before”.

For his part, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson, said Jamaica continues to place a high value on the relations it enjoys with its international partners.

He also noted that the country’s partnerships in foreign trade remain essential to the local economy.

Mr. Nicholson informed that the ratio of foreign trade to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2013 was 88.4 per cent, which underlines the openness of the Jamaican economy.

“Most jobs in Jamaica are linked, directly or indirectly, to foreign trade. It is recognised, therefore, that Jamaica cannot attain robust and sustained economic growth without a significant up-turn in exports to trading partners, traditional and new,” he stated.

Diplomatic Week 2015 got underway with a church service on Sunday, February 8 at the Hope United Church, in Kingston, and will conclude on Friday, February 13, with a visit to the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park.

Other activities include bilateral appointments and courtesy calls, a presentation by JAMPRO on ‘Building Partnerships with Jamaican Business’; and sector presentations by various Ministers of Government.

 

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