At the invitation of Senator, the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, will pay an official visit to Jamaica from 13th to 15th November 2012. Minister Nicholson is keen to have Dr. Supachai share his wealth of experience in foreign trade policy and his views on the importance of trade in services for small developing countries.
UNCTAD, located in Geneva, Switzerland, was established in 1964 by the UN General Assembly to assist developing countries to forge the link between trade and development and to integrate into the international trading system. Dr. Supachaihas been the Secretary General since 2005. Prior to assuming this position, he was the Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) from 2002 to 2005. He was also a Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, responsible for economic and trade policy.
While in Jamaica, Dr. Supachaiwill deliver the keynote address on 14th November, at the Opening Ceremony of the Symposium on Jamaica’s involvement in Foreign Trade, 1962-2012 – forging the link between trade and development. This Symposium is organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the Ministry as well the 50th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence. The University of the West Indies and the Private Sector are also involved in this Symposium, which will be held at the Knutsford Court Hotel on 14th -15th November 2012.
Dr. Supachaiwill also pay courtesy calls on the Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, the Most Hon. Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, and the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Andrew Holness. In addition, on 15th November, he will be hosted by the Private Sector at a breakfast meeting at the headquarters of the Jamaica Exporters Association (JEA). Later that morning, he will address students and Faculty at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Dr. Supachaiwill end his visit to Jamaica that afternoon, at a meeting with a group of Ministers hosted by the Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton.
Jamaica and UNCTAD have been on a journey together since 1962 to ensure that the trade of developing countries contributes to their development.
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