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Caribbean Export supports Dominican Republic trade mission to Jamaica

April 17, 2014
Caribbean Export supports Dominican Republic trade mission to Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) led a delegation of Dominican Republic (DR) private sector business representatives to Jamaica from April 3-6, 2014, as a part of the agency’s efforts to spur increased trade between that country and the...

Lionfish population down in Jamaica

April 15, 2014
Lionfish population down in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has reported a 66 percent reduction in sightings of the ferocious Pacific lionfish in Jamaican waters. This is just one of the many successes achieved under the recently concluded Mitigating the Threat...

Region must change mindset about HIV/AIDS, says Jamaica health minister

April 12, 2014
Region must change mindset about HIV/AIDS, says Jamaica health minister KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s health minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson, has called for a change in mindset and greater solidarity among peoples of the Caribbean to end stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV/AIDS. This is particularly necessary among key populations.

Jamaica targets investment in aquaculture

April 12, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Over 40 local businesspeople turned out for a Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO)-organised seminar on aquaculture on Thursday to look at the investment prospects in the Jamaican tilapia industry against the backdrop of rising global trade and demand.

Prominent Caribbean academic passes away

April 11, 2014
Prominent Caribbean academic passes away HAVANA, Cuba -- Well known Caribbean academic Norman Girvan passed away on Wednesday in Cuba. He was 72. Jamaican-born Girvan, who earlier this year suffered a serious fall while in Dominica, was Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI). He was also a professorial research fellow...

OAS anticorruption mechanism holds on-site visit to Jamaica

April 11, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A Commission of the Anti-Corruption Mechanism of the Organization of American States (OAS) held an “on-site” visit to Jamaica from April 1-3, as part of the analysis that the mechanism carries out in accordance with the methodology adopted by consensus.

Open letter regarding the commission of enquiry into the Tivoli Gardens massacre

April 11, 2014
I write on behalf of the Tivoli Committee to raise certain questions in relation to the government's planned commission of enquiry (COE) into the 2010 Tivoli Gardens massacre. First of all, we strongly believe that the question of the State's responsibility for criminal property damage...

Jamaican government presents US$4.95 billion budget

April 5, 2014
Jamaican government presents US$4.95 billion budget KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Jamaican government has presented a budget of $539.35 billion (US$4.95 billion) for 2014/15, with $404.654 billion earmarked for recurrent (housekeeping) expenses and $134.698 billion for capital (development) spending. This represents an increase of $39 billion.

Jamaica government sells 700-MHz spectrum to Digicel

April 5, 2014
Jamaica government sells 700-MHz spectrum to Digicel KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The government of Jamaica has sold the 700-megahertz (MHz) spectrum to Digicel Jamaica for J$2.73 billion (US$25 million). Digicel is expected to roll out its services across the island over time, and deliver data, Internet applications, and video streaming at higher speeds.

IAPA releases half-yearly review of press freedom in the region

April 5, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has released a number of in-depth reviews of major press freedom developments in the past six months in each of the countries of the Americas at the opening of its midyear meeting being held in Barbados.

PANCAP holds justice and human rights consultation in Jamaica

April 4, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Caribbean Consultation on Justice for All and Human Rights Agenda takes place on 9-11 April 2014, in Kingston, Jamaica. The three-day dialogue advances the Caribbean human rights agenda and is the culmination of a series of national consultations.

Jamaica signs agreement for transshipment hub

April 2, 2014
Jamaica signs agreement for transshipment hub KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The government of Jamaica has signed a framework agreement with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) for the development of a transshipment hub in the Portland Bight. Speaking at the signing ceremony on March 28, portfolio minister, Dr Omar Davies...

Commentary: Celebrity and criminal justice: A test of the Jamaican criminal justice system

April 2, 2014
Commentary: Celebrity and criminal justice: A test of the Jamaican criminal justice system During the recent murder trial of Jamaican rapper (Vybz Kartel), a few of my colleagues with strong roots in the Caribbean across several islands followed the proceedings closely. Although we were thousands of miles away, the anticipation felt as if it was Usain Bolt getting ready to run a final 100-meter...

Over 500 buyers registered for Expo Jamaica 2014

April 1, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Over 500 buyers have been registered by Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) to meet in business matchmaking sessions with Jamaican export producers at Expo Jamaica taking place from April 3 – 6 at the National Arena in Kingston.

Caribbean investment promotion agencies visit Nicaragua

March 29, 2014
MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in collaboration with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) and PRONicaragua, organized and executed a study tour to PRONicaragua in Managua, Nicaragua.

Caribbean Export supports the creative industries

March 25, 2014
Caribbean Export supports the creative industries BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), got CREATE-ive when it launched its latest publication, aptly titled ‘CREATE’, a publication that applauds the successes of entrepreneurs in Caribbean creative industries. Appropriately, the launch of...

Caribbean chief justices participate in workshop on drug treatment courts

March 24, 2014
VANCOUVER, Canada -- The Organization of American States (OAS), in cooperation with the Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals (CADTCP), held last week in Vancouver, Canada, a drug treatment court (DTC) exchange and on-site study program event.

Jamaica focuses on targeted business mentorship for small entities

March 21, 2014
Jamaica focuses on targeted business mentorship for small entities KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Following on the achievement of its successful export growth programme, Export Max, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is now inviting production and service companies to participate in the second staging of the customized developmental programme.

Jamaica to mount major investment promotion mission to Panama logistics summit

March 21, 2014
Jamaica to mount major investment promotion mission to Panama logistics summit KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The ministry of industry, investment and commerce (MIIC) and Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) have been invited by the Panamanian embassy to engage key stakeholders in the global logistics industry at the LATAM Ports and Logistics Summit to be held in Panama City.

IMF approves US$71.4 million disbursement to Jamaica

March 20, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday completed the third review of Jamaica’s economic performance under a program supported by an extended fund facility (EFF) arrangement. The completion of this review enables...

OAS assists Jamaica in development of national cyber security strategy

March 20, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Wednesday concluded a three-day visit to Kingston, Jamaica, as part of the technical assistance provided to that government for the development of...

New $200 million hospital for Jamaica

March 18, 2014
New $200 million hospital for Jamaica MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller expressed appreciation to the Spain’s Hospiten Group, which on Friday announced final plans for the construction of a highly specialised general hospital in Jamaica at Cinnamon Hill, Rose Hall, St James at a cost of $200 million.

Commentary: Only the ICC will resolve the issues of the Tivoli Gardens Massacre

March 18, 2014
Commentary: Only the ICC will resolve the issues of the Tivoli Gardens Massacre Nearly 150 years after an unsuccessful attempt to put British Governor John Eyre on trial for his command responsibility (“high crimes and misdemeanours”) for the 1865 Morant Bay massacre, there is a similar challenge today in terms of applying the same legal principles to those who bear command responsibility...

Barbados will comply with CCJ ruling, says PM

March 17, 2014
Barbados will comply with CCJ ruling, says PM KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Prime minister of Barbados, Freundel Stuart, says his country is committed to complying with the decision of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in the Shanique Myrie ruling. Stuart was addressing journalists at a press conference convened following the conclusion of the...

Nearly 90,000 inner city Jamaicans to benefit from improved services and crime prevention

March 17, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA (World Bank) -- More than 80,000 Jamaican citizens will benefit from improved services, basic infrastructure and targeted crime and violence interventions in 18 vulnerable inner-city communities as a result of a US$42 million project for integrated community development.

Jamaican PM upbeat about CARICOM focus on climate change

March 15, 2014
Jamaican PM upbeat about CARICOM focus on climate change KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has expressed satisfaction with the increased focus that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has placed on the issue of climate change, which is critical for the future sustainability of the region.

Former Jamaican prime minister to lead Commonwealth observer group for Maldives elections

March 15, 2014
Former Jamaican prime minister to lead Commonwealth observer group for Maldives elections LONDON, England -- Bruce Golding, the former prime minister of Jamaica, will lead a Commonwealth observer group to Maldives for parliamentary elections there this month. Elections to the People’s Majlis, or Parliament, are scheduled for 22 March. The Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma...

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