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KINGSTON — Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, says Jamaica’s trade policy is currently being reviewed to take into account the new realities developing in the global market for trade and investment, as well as the new partnerships that must be established.

Delivering the Throne Speech at the State Opening of Parliament for the 2011/12 legislative year, at Gordon House, today April 14, the Governor-General said that as a regional community, the Caribbean has yet to realise the dreams framing the Treaty of Chaguaramas.

“There are difficulties that must be resolved, and Jamaica remains committed to working with our CARICOM partners to ensure that the regional movement becomes the threshold for sustained development of all its member states,” he said.

The Governor-General also announced the establishment of a National Planning Committee to develop a programme of activities to mark Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence in 2012.

“It will be cause for thanksgiving, reflection and recommitment to the goals set for us by our founding fathers. The programme will be comprehensive, inclusive and inspirational, and will engage Jamaicans here at home, as well as in the Diaspora, in what must, itself, be a lasting legacy for our people,” he said.

The theme of the Throne Speech was: ‘From Stabilisation to Growth’.

 

By DOUGLAS McINTOSH, JIS Reporter