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CARPHA and Mexico sign MOU to benefit 17 million Caribbean people

April 25, 2015
CARPHA and Mexico sign MOU to benefit 17 million Caribbean people MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the ministry of health of the United Mexican States, through the Federal Commission for Protection from Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS). The aim of the MoU...

Costa Rica and Jamaica strengthen trade ties

April 25, 2015
Costa Rica and Jamaica strengthen trade ties KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica’s minister of industry, investment and commerce, Anthony Hylton, and Costa Rica’s minister of foreign trade, Alexander Mora, signed an agreement last week in Costa Rica to cement a trading partnership between both nations. The Jamaican and Costa Rican...

Jamaica signs MOU for integrated development of logistics hub

April 24, 2015
Jamaica signs MOU for integrated development of logistics hub KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- On Wednesday, the government of Jamaica signed of a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) to pave the way for a possible US$5 billion investment in its planned logistics hub. The MOU, which was signed by the minister of industry, investment and...

Jamaica launches first angel investor network, supported by international partners

April 24, 2015
Jamaica launches first angel investor network, supported by international partners KINGSTON, Jamaica -- First Angels Jamaica, a new Jamaican angel investor network, supported by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the World Bank Group, was officially launched on Wednesday in Kingston. The network is geared towards helping growth-oriented entrepreneurs.

Jamaica plants first legal marijuana plant

April 23, 2015
Jamaica plants first legal marijuana plant KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- History was created at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Mona campus on April 20, with the planting of Jamaica’s first legal cannabis plant on the grounds of the institution. Minister of science, technology, energy and mining, Phillip Paulwell; justice minister...

Curacao and St Maarten learn from Jamaica's experience with immigration kiosks

April 22, 2015
Curacao and St Maarten learn from Jamaica's experience with immigration kiosks KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Immigration and airport personnel from the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao as well as a member of the St Maarten legislature were in Jamaica recently on a fact-finding mission to observe the island’s use of automated immigration kiosks at its main international airports.

Jamaica and US to discuss tax arrangements to encourage investors

April 21, 2015
Jamaica and US to discuss tax arrangements to encourage investors WASHINGTON, USA (JIS) -- Jamaica’s finance and planning minister, Dr Peter Phillips, says the government is to engage in talks with the US government, aimed at reshaping its bilateral investment and tax arrangements in order to encourage more US investors to Jamaica.

Jamaica's Panton wins Barbados Rally Club Shakedown Stages

April 21, 2015
Jamaica's Panton wins Barbados Rally Club Shakedown Stages BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Jamaica’s Jeff Panton and Mike Fennell Jnr laid down a marker for next month’s LIME King of the Hill and Sol Rally Barbados, with victory in Sunday’s Barbados Rally Club (BRC) Shakedown Stages. In the Rubis / Total / Sandals Barbados Ford Focus WRC06...

Caribbean must unite, says former Jamaican PM

April 20, 2015
Caribbean must unite, says former Jamaican PM MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Former prime minister of Jamaica, P.J. Patterson, says the region must unite in order to achieve economic prosperity and effectively address issues such as food insecurity, natural disasters and health challenges. “We, who were called upon to serve at varying times in...

Jamaica seeks to attract more US investors

April 20, 2015
Jamaica seeks to attract more US investors WASHINGTON, USA -- Finance and planning minister, Dr Peter Phillips, says the Jamaican government is now on a drive to attract more US investors, particularly in the areas of tourism, business outsourcing operations, energy, port expansion and the logistics hub. Addressing members of the...

Jamaican trade mission to visit Cuba this week

April 20, 2015
Jamaican trade mission to visit Cuba this week KINGSTON, Jamaica -- In a bid to increase export of Jamaican goods and services, minister of industry, investment and commerce, Anthony Hylton, is leading 18 Jamaican companies on a trade mission to Cuba from April 20 to 23. Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) has been working with...

US president's visit sends excellent signal to world, says Jamaican minister

April 18, 2015
US president's visit sends excellent signal to world, says Jamaican minister KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator A.J. Nicholson, says US President Barack Obama’s recent visit to the island sent an “excellent signal” to the global community on the respect being accorded Jamaica at the international level. He said the government...

Opportunities cited for Jamaica from Cuban tourism market opening

April 17, 2015
Opportunities cited for Jamaica from Cuban tourism market opening KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Tourism and entertainment minister, Dr Wykeham McNeill, says the proposed opening up of the Cuban market to visitors should be treated as an opportunity for Jamaica to further boost its tourism product, rather than be perceived as a threat to the local industry.

Commentary: Obama's Summit of the Americas: Teasing CARICOM; testing Cuba; trolling China

April 17, 2015
Commentary: Obama's Summit of the Americas: Teasing CARICOM; testing Cuba; trolling China It was a curious thing to see Jamaicans hailing Barack Obama on Thursday more like a returning “son of the soil” than a visiting president of the United States. Even more curious was seeing CARICOM leaders jostle like UWI students for a photo op. But don’t get me started on the way Jamaican...

Commentary: The MVP from Obama's Jamaica trip

April 16, 2015
Commentary: The MVP from Obama's Jamaica trip The Starting Team: April 8, 2015, President Barack Obama's trip to Jamaica, the anticipation seemed like a World Cup football game where Jamaica made the play-off. The 24-hours ticket created a nostalgic vibe across all strata of fans. Some even took credit for his visit. Some of what was highlighted...

In Photos: The US president's trip to Jamaica

April 15, 2015
In Photos: The US president's trip to Jamaica WASHINGTON, USA -- Last week, US President Barack Obama headed to Kingston, Jamaica, for bilateral meetings with Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, a town hall meeting with the Young Leaders of the Americas and a summit with CARICOM heads of government.

Energy, economy highlight bilateral talks between Jamaican PM and Obama

April 13, 2015
Energy, economy highlight bilateral talks between Jamaican PM and Obama KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Matters pertaining to energy and Jamaica’s economic reform programme (ERP) were among the highlights of bilateral talks between Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, and US President Barack Obama at Jamaica House on Thursday. Addressing journalists following...

First Jamaican man extradited to US in international lottery scheme pleads guilty

April 13, 2015
First Jamaican man extradited to US in international lottery scheme pleads guilty FORT LAUDERDALE, USA -- A Jamaican man pleaded guilty on Friday in the US District Court in the Southern District of Florida in Fort Lauderdale to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Damion Bryan Barrett, 28, was extradited from Jamaica in February based on charges that as part of...

CARIFORUM to explore greater international prospects for Caribbean music

April 11, 2015
CARIFORUM to explore greater international prospects for Caribbean music MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Growing the multi-million dollar Caribbean music industry will be a major focus of the third CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum, which will be held April 15-16 in Montego Bay Jamaica. David Sanders, producer at Coke Studio Africa; Eldar Ástþórsson, senior PR manager...

Open letter to the heads of state and government at the Summit of the Americas

April 11, 2015
Amnesty International welcomes the holding of the VII Summit of the Americas as a regional forum to promote dialogue between the governments of the American continent. The organization believes that prioritizing the protection and promotion of human rights of all people...

Obama on right side of history in US-Cuba relations, says Jamaica PM

April 10, 2015
Obama on right side of history in US-Cuba relations, says Jamaica PM KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Prime minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson Miller, on Thursday told president of the United States Barack Obama that he was on the right side of history in US-Cuba relations. She said the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads fully embraced the recent positive...

Open Letter: Jamaican government must commit to settlement with victims of 2010 massacre

April 9, 2015
The Tivoli Committee writes in relation to the issue of Reparations and Compensation due to the victims of the security forces counterinsurgency operations in Tivoli Gardens and West Kingston in May 2010. As you are aware, the former Public Defender Earl Witter, based on his...

President's visit should improve regional relations, says White House

April 8, 2015
President's visit should improve regional relations, says White House KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- This week’s visit of US President Barack Obama to Jamaica, and the meeting with heads of state and government of Caribbean Community (CARICOM), should deepen bilateral relations between the US and the region, the White House said on Tuesday.

Caribbean-American publisher faces intimidation, media suppression in Connecticut

April 8, 2015
Caribbean-American publisher faces intimidation, media suppression in Connecticut HARTFORD, USA -- After several months of systematic attempts by Mayor Pedro Segarra and his administration to intimidate the Caribbean-American editor of The Hartford Guardian, she is speaking out about media suppression in Connecticut. Ann-Marie Adams, the founder of the award-winning...

US interested in Jamaica, says foreign minister

April 6, 2015
US interested in Jamaica, says foreign minister KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator A. J. Nicholson, says the visit by US President, Barack Obama demonstrates that the United States is taking an interest in what is happening in Jamaica. Obama is expected to visit Jamaica from April 8 to 9.

Jamaican media urged to build awareness of rights under CSME

April 6, 2015
Jamaican media urged to build awareness of rights under CSME KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The rights that Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals possess through the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) are legally enforceable and should not be arbitrarily and illegitimately denied, minister of state in the ministry of foreign affairs and foreign trade...

Caribbean cooking series 'Taste the Islands' goes US nationwide on PBS networks

April 6, 2015
Caribbean cooking series 'Taste the Islands' goes US nationwide on PBS networks MIAMI, USA -- PBS viewers across the United States will be invited to savour the flavours of the Caribbean when, beginning in April 2015, they can “Taste the Islands with Chef Irie.” From preparing homemade spicy jerk seasoning to Latin-inspired mussels chorizo in mango coconut sauce...

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