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Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda, is appealing to the international community to partner with Jamaica, particularly in relation to strategies for alternative energy sources.

“There are so many things that we can learn from you in terms of your strategies to deal with alternative energy,” Mr. Samuda said in his Ministerial Address to the Diplomatic Corps at the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) office, New Kingston, on Thursday January 27.

He said that mechanisms for alternative energy sources need to be employed, as the high cost of energy, which the country has to contend with, impedes progress and discourages investment in heavy manufacturing.

 “So we need to aggressively assault that particular area. It is challenging, it is difficult, because the resources are not there to support the strategy of alternative energy, but we must begin,” he said.

He told the diplomats that Jamaica was willing to work with their respective countries in sharing best practices.

“What we would like to do is to work more closely with you, to see in what way you can be of assistance to us, and we can reciprocate in those areas where we have excelled and that you have excelled,” he said.

The Minister pointed out that one area in which the country has had tremendous success and could share best practices is in tourism.

“I dare say there is hardly a country in the world that cannot learn from the tourism experiences of Jamaica,” he said.

“As a small economy, if we do not get from you the appropriate technology and systems and mechanisms that have made you succeed, then we are not going to make it. We cannot make it in splendid isolation. We must work together,” he pleaded.

Mr. Samuda gave the Ministerial Address as part of activities for annual Diplomatic Week, which ran from January 24 to January 28.

Now in its 12th year, the week was organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade to provide a framework for updating diplomats on Government’s policies and programmes, as well as an opportunity for dialogue and feedback on areas of mutual interest. About 23 overseas-based diplomats participated, along with 33 of their locally posted colleagues.