Jamaica Manufacturers' Association calls for action against T&T

Date: 
Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 00:00

The President of the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association is urging the Jamaican Government to stop talking and act against Trinidad and Tobago, in relation to the latest immigration controversy, the Gleaner Newspaper is reporting.

"We have talked for too long," declared Metry Seaga, as he addressed a Gleaner Editors' Forum held at the newspaper's North Street, Kingston, offices.

The newspaper says that Seaga took time out at the forum to respond to the concerns regarding the country's relationship with T&T, particularly in light of recent complaints about ill-treatment of Jamaicans denied entry into the twin-island republic.

"We don't want to talk anymore. What we want are clear and definitive requirements from our Government to the government of Trinidad," he argued.

Jamaica Exporters Association supports call for action

Seaga was supported by Paul Lewis, a representative of the Jamaica Exporters' Association (JEA), who warned that local consumers continue to feel disrespected and have been saying enough is enough.

"With the recent happenings in Trinidad, I am getting the feeling that there is a different feeling that is developing in the marketplace, driven by the consumers," stressed Lewis.

Said Seaga: "Our Government must say to them: 'This is what the agreement states; this is what is happening. We need you to bring A, C, and X in line, and the timeline to so do is A, B and C'."

He continued: "We want a very clearly outlined definitive plan of action as to how we are going to deal with immigration and trade. We are asking the Government to so do post-haste."

Seaga suggested that refusal by T&T to meet the requirements would necessitate a plan of action.

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SOURCE: http://jamaica-gleaner.com