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Caribbean Maritime Institute appoints former Jamaican consul chair of international committee
Published on July 25, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Capt. Jhonny Pretell, Harren and Partner Fleet Superintendent (Caribbean Fleet) and Director of Marine and Professional Studies at the Caribbean Maritime Institute, Kingston, Jamaica, presents a gift to Dr Geneive Brown Metzger, CMI's newly appointed international chair, on her recent visit to the Institute. Witnessing the occasion are Dr Ibrahim Ajagunna, Director of Academics (left) and Dr Fritz Pinnock, Executive Director (right) at the Caribbean Maritime Institute

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) based in Jamaica has appointed Dr Geneive Brown Metzger, trade and investment analyst and former Jamaican consul general in New York, as chair of its international committee.

The CMI is a key partner, with the government of Jamaica, in the development of the highly anticipated logistics hub in Jamaica, which is an international gateway for economic trade. The Chinese government, among other major investors from North America. Europe, Asia and Latin America, is currently in negotiations with the Jamaican government over large-scale investments in a range of sectors.

The international committee, which includes Erica Simmons, executive at Siemens, will lead CMI's global outreach and focus initially on strategic partnerships, including tertiary and training collaborations, in the US and China.

The logistics hub, Jamaica's response to the expansion of the Panama Canal, is slated to be the biggest industrial development in Jamaica since bauxite, which defined the Jamaican economy from 1950 to 1970. Jamaica's geo-strategic positioning could put its logistics hub in a class with Singapore, Dubai and Rotterdam. The 2014 World Bank logistics industry rankings showed Jamaica improved significantly, leaping 54 places to 70 out of 160 nations.

CMI's executive director, Dr Fritz Pinnock, also serves as chairman of the logistics hub subcommittee on education and training.

Brown Metzger is currently forging tertiary partnerships on behalf of the CMI in the US to assist Jamaica in training the cadre of professionals essential to the running of the hub.

"The challenge is one of capacity for the CMI and other training institutions in Jamaica as they race to have in place, persons with particular skills to fill key positions in the hub,' said Brown Metzger.

“Jamaica doesn't want to have to import foreigners to fill these key positions," she explained.

According to Pinnnock, "The CMI couldn't have a more qualified professional and passionate advocate at the helm of its international program."

“We have gained so much from Dr Brown Metzger's expertise and connections already and are delighted to have her on board,” Pinnock continued.

The CMI international committee will launch this fall in New York.
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