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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr. Kenneth Baugh, has said that the creation of partnership between small and large countries is essential to the development of any country.
This, he says, is essential as the effects of climate change will ultimately have an impact on many countries.
“The environment has found its way into the forefront of considerations at all levels; the United Nations level, regional level and certainly at the national level in all our deliberations. You cannot have any discussions now about trade and economic developments without first considering the sustainable developments within climate change.the reality is that climate change is forging and enforcing partnerships between large and small economies in terms of achieving sustainable developments,” he said, at the Rotary Club of Kingston’ weekly luncheon, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on November 6.
The Deputy Prime Minister pointed out that there is a need for Jamaica and the Caribbean to be repositioned as it relates to world trade and the world economy.
“We have to recognise the importance of skills and dexterity of human resources of our population and the central importance of industrial productivity, increasing that component of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP), as well as our hospitality expertise,” he added.
The Foreign Trade Minister pointed out that there is a need to recognise that the county has a variety of richness in terms of raw materials and primary products, adding that “what we have to add to that component is productivity in terms of our goods and services.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Baugh commended the club for the initiatives and programmes which it has established over the years.
“I want to take this opportunity first of all for commending you very highly for the history of leadership especially to young people, particularly to communities,” he said.