Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson, is lobbying multi-sectoral stakeholder support to undertake a proposed major islandwide clean-up project, to be spearheaded by the Ministry.
This initiative, he explains, aims to enhance Jamaica’s position as, among other things, an ideal location for new and increased investments, particularly from overseas.
Speaking at the Jamaica Stock Exchange’s (JSE) seventh investments and capital markets conference, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, on January 26, Senator Nicholson lamented that while Jamaica is environmentally blessed, “we haven’t taken care of the gifts that God has given to us…we have a dirty country."
“We cannot set a platform for development for the next 50 years if our country is not clean. It cannot be that you go to the United Kingdom, or elsewhere, and ask some persons to come here and invest in our country, but when they step off the plane and drive around Jamaica, it is not so clean. It is my view that in this, the 50th year of our independence… we have to pledge to clean up Jamaica,” he said.
To this end, Senator Nicholson extended an invitation to the JSE to lobby the support of Jamaicans in the Diaspora, particularly in the United Kingdom, with whom it has established connections, for the clean-up project.
During the last Diaspora Conference The United Kingdon African Caribbean Enterprise Network is a networking association designed to serve as a conduit for B2B networking within the African Caribbean business community in hopes of attaining greater influence, credibility and satisfaction as
held in Ocho Rios, St. Ann in June 2011, the JSE and United Kingdom-based business networking entity, Caribbean Enterprise Network (CEN-UK), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), aimed at promoting the growth of Jamaican affiliated companies in the UK, and encouraging them to do business with Jamaica.
“The Jamaica Stock Exchange is forging alliances with the Diaspora. Through you, I am sending this message…that if there is to be investment in Jamaica, if persons abroad are to be encouraged to invest in Jamaica, we must first clean up our act, both physically and mentally,” he stressed.
At the Ministerial level, Senator Nicholson said his Ministry would engage the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change to facilitate a partnership, to advance the initiative.
By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporter