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  • Photo of Jamaica’s PM launches CARICOM Review Commission

    Jamaica’s PM launches CARICOM Review Commission

    Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Tuessday launched the CARICOM Review Commission at Jamaica House. The Chairman of the Commission is Mr Bruce Golding, former Prime Minister. In his address, Prime Minister Holness said, “We cannot preempt what the commission will say, but it was never the intention to lay any groundwork or chart any path out of CARICOM. This…

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  • Photo of Jamaica leads region in surveys, statistics

    Jamaica leads region in surveys, statistics

    JAMAICA is leading the region in terms of the administration of surveys and statistics. “Jamaica is the country in the Caribbean that produces the most statistics and on the most frequent basis,” says Director General at the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), Carol Coy. She said a number of countries in the region do not produce the types of surveys…

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  • Photo of Development of marijuana industry urgent – Jamaica Finance Minister

    Development of marijuana industry urgent – Jamaica Finance Minister

    Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, says Jamaica must move with urgency to develop a medical marijuana industry. He pointed out that exploiting the benefits of marijuana is “not about smoking a spliff” or “walking around with two ounces of the weed.” This is about building an industry of value-added products,” the Minister emphasised. Mr. Shaw…

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  • Photo of Technology Minister Wants More Females in ICT

    Technology Minister Wants More Females in ICT

    Energy, Science and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, is underscoring the need for greater female involvement in the field of information and communication technology (ICT). Speaking at the Girls in ICT Day seminar and exhibition, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston, on April 28, Dr. Wheatley acknowledged the role of local women in the industry, but…

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  • Photo of CARICOM SG meets PM Holness

    CARICOM SG meets PM Holness

    Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community Ambassador Irwin LaRocque briefed recently elected Prime Minister of Jamaica Most Honourable Andrew Holness on current issues engaging the attention of the Community. The discussions took place on Tuesday at the start of a two day visit to Jamaica during which the Secretary-General also met with the Leader of the Opposition Most Honourable Portia Simpson…

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  • Photo of Jamaica to Take Full Advantage of CARICOM Benefits

    Jamaica to Take Full Advantage of CARICOM Benefits

    The Government will be appointing a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Review Commission, aimed at positioning the country to take full advantage of benefits under the organisation. This was announced by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, today (April 27), at the unveiling ceremony for new equipment installed at International Biscuits Limited (IBL), in St. Andrew. “I think the time has…

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  • Photo of Jamaica lab approved as WHO Zika testing facility

    Jamaica lab approved as WHO Zika testing facility

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday April 4, 2016 – Jamaica is equipped to conduct Zika virus testing on behalf of other countries, if so assigned by the World Health Organization (WHO). Acting Director of the National Virology Reference Laboratory at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Professor Monica Smikle, has disclosed that the facility is a valid WHO testing agency.…

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  • Photo of Jamaica now second Caribbean country certified to test for all diseases

    Jamaica now second Caribbean country certified to test for all diseases

    Jamaica is now the second country in the English-speaking Caribbean to have an internationally accredited laboratory with the full capabilities to test for any type of disease that may pose a threat to public health. On Monday, the newly upgraded Virology Laboratory at the University of the West Indies (UWI) was unveiled. Located in the Department of Microbiology, headed by…

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  • Photo of Prime Minister Says He Intends To Lead A Government Of Partnership

    Prime Minister Says He Intends To Lead A Government Of Partnership

    Newly installed Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness,  says  he intends to lead a Government  of  partnership, as the “solutions to  our problems do not rest with the Government alone.” “To achieve the vision of shared prosperity through inclusive growth and meaningful job creation, now more than ever, Government must lead, activate, empower and build real partnerships,” the Prime…

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  • Photo of Elections results reflect will of the people: CARICOM Observation Mission Preliminary Statement

    Elections results reflect will of the people: CARICOM Observation Mission Preliminary Statement

    The CARICOM Election Observation Mission has praised the conduct of Jamaica’s just concluded general elections and said the results reflected the will of the people. The eleven-member Mission, led by Ms. Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer, Belize, issued a Preliminary Statement Friday, following Thursday’s elections which saw the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) led by Mr. Andrew Holness emerge victorious over…

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