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Jamaica Invites Investment by Indian Pharmaceutical Companies

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#Jamaica, June 14, 2022 – Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Senator the Hon. Aubyn Hill, is inviting investment by Indian companies, particularly those involved in pharmaceuticals, in the Caymanas Special Economic Zone (CSEZ) in St. Catherine.

Speaking with JIS News, the Minister said the approximately 1,000-acre campus, which will be developed under the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA regime, is an opportunity to further strengthen the commercial collaboration between Jamaica and India.

“I am inviting Indian pharmaceutical companies [and] Indian investors to come to Jamaica and invest in our logistics centre at Caymanas and to make sure that collaboration between Jamaica and India will strengthen commercially,” he said.

The Minister noted that due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war, “long supply chains from… Russia to Egypt are now problematic”.

He pointed out that “Jamaica is ideally situated next to the largest economy in the world (United States of America) and Canada is right there and then we have Latin America and the Caribbean”.

He noted that with the changing times, “we have to look for new trading partners”.

“India is an excellent [trading partner] with a legal system that we know and with a collaboration that we’ve had for a long time,” he added.

Minister Hill was part of the Jamaican delegation at the Office of the Prime Minister for Monday’s (May 16) courtesy call on Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, by President of the Republic of India, His Excellency Hon. Ram Nath Kovind.

The courtesy call formed part of a four-day State visit to the island by the Indian President that began on Sunday (May 15).

The meeting included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will provide for training through Jamaica’s Foreign Service Institute.

Other members of the Jamaican delegation for the courtesy call and the signing ceremony included Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith; Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte; Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie; Minister without Portfolio, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator the Hon. Matthew Samuda; Minister without Portfolio, Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Floyd Green; High Commissioner for Jamaica to the Republic of India, Jason Hall.

President Kovind’s visit to Jamaica is a first for an Indian President over the 60 years of relations between the two countries.  He is scheduled to depart the island on Wednesday, May 18.

 

Contact: Mickella Anderson

Release: JIS

 

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Jamaica agricultural advancements despite bad weather

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Rashaed Esson

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#Jamaica#Agriculture, April 11, 2024 Despite the bad weather conditions in 2023, especially the drought period, Jamaica was able to achieve its second highest domestic crop production on record with over 700 thousand tonnes of local crops produced. This was announced by state minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Mining, Franklin Witter, on Sunday April 7, at the 41st annual National Farmers’ Month church service held in Trelawney.

 

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Guyana Wildfires

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Rashaed Esson

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#Wildfires#Guyana, April 11, 2024 – Wildfires have been affecting Guyana, the most recent in the Timehri Community on the north-eastern side since April 4, according to a release from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Operations (ECHO).

The report says according to PAHO, as of April 5, 28 people have been displaced in a shelter in the Santa Aratack Village. Additionally, the JRC Global Wildfire Information System, also featured in the release, says the total burnt area is more than 16,500 ha.

This comes nearly a month after a 93 year old man was killed by a wildfire in north West Guyana.

Reports say the entire region is dealing with wildfires including Venezuela, Central America and Mexico with a record number of fires, and a major increase compared to the same period in 2023.

 

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Efforts to deliver education to Children in Haiti – Schools still closed

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#Haiti#Education, April 9, 2024 – With schools across Haiti still shut down due to intense gang violence, UNICEF is making efforts to deliver education to students, working with the Ministry of Education. They are trying to deliver distance learning through radio, television and e-learning platforms and right now, solutions are being explored through Haiti’s national radio station. Announced in a press release by UN News on April 7, this comes as UN agencies warned that Haitian children are suffering from not just a lack of education but also primary exposure to violence.

 

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