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Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Burchell Whiteman, has praised the level of unity and co-operation among Caribbean people in the United Kingdom.
“Caribbean people in the United Kingdom have carved out their own place in the history of the UK, and have demonstrated the value of working together for their own advancement,” Mr. Whiteman, said.
The High Commissioner was speaking in Leicester last week, while on an official visit, during which he met with Jamaican and other Caribbean nationals living and working in the East Midlands city.
He told a community meeting that despite the recession, Jamaica has been able to provide free hospital care and primary and secondary education, while tourist arrivals continue to grow.
“In the face of the global economic downturn, we are paying more attention to expanding agricultural production in order to feed ourselves and marketing the region to keep our tourism industry afloat,” Mr. Whiteman said.
He noted that Jamaica has had particular success in increasing tourist arrivals, when most destinations in the world have seen a decrease. In addition the Government remains committed to ensuring that hospital care remains free, and that both primary and secondary education is tuition fee free.
He also encouraged the Caribbean leadership in Leicester to continue to engage young people in order to ensure the sustainability of the institutions their elders created.
High Commissioner Whiteman officially opened the extension of the Akweebah Ayeh Centre of Leicester’s Black Mental Health support group. He commended the organisation’s initiatives in dealing with and advocating for mental health issues within the Black and Minority ethnic communities.
Mr. Whiteman’s official visit also included a tour of the Caribbean Court housing project and the St Paul’s Catholic school.
It was his second visit to the city. He was the special guest at an awards ceremony for high-achieving GCSE students of an African-Caribbean background in September.

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