Following decades of economic stagnation, the largest English-speaking country in Caricom has witnessed an economic turnaround, with growing levels foreign exchange, four years on uninterrupted growth and unemployment now at its lowest in the country's recent history. Jamaica's economy has roared back and it was done on the back of a stringent IMF programme.
In an exclusive interview with the Business Guardian's Hema Ramkisson the country's Finance Minister explained the secret to a real turnaround.
Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretary General Irwin LaRocque says he is not aware of an incident, which was Thursday's Jamaica Observer front-page story, in which a Jamaican woman and her four-month-old son were denied entry to Trinidad and Tobago, and as a result he was reluctant to comment on the issue.
The woman, who is from St Mary, has accused Trinidad immigration of inhumane treatment.
“I am not aware of the incident at all, so I am a little bit reluctant to comment on something that I am not aware of,” LaRocque said yesterday.
The Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association is currently on the third day of its trade mission to Jamaica.
The delegation consists of 26 persons representing 19 companies and is led by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, PS Norris Herbert and TTMA’s President, Christopher Alcazar.
The trade mission commenced with the TTMA, JAMPRO and Jamaica Customs addressing the delegation on day one followed by intense Business to Business (B2B) meetings on the second day.
The Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) has embarked on the trade mission to Jamaica and is scheduled to return April 21st, 2018.
The delegation is led by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Norris Herbert and TTMA President Christopher Alcazar.
The TTMA is also working closely with the Jamaican Chamber of Commerce (JCC) and the Trinidad and Tobago High Commission in Jamaica.
US Customs and Border Protection seized a shipment of over 100 firearms and several rounds of ammunition destined for Montego Bay from Miami.
The shipment contained two blue shipping barrels said to contain personal effects.
During routine physical inspection officers of border protection discovered various food items, cat litter, a cardboard box labeled as a four-drawer dresser, and one cardboard box labeled as a television stand.
Minister of Foreign and Caricom Affairs Dennis Moses has written to Jamaica's Minister of Foerign Affairs Kamina Johnson Smith, complaining in a "forceful manner" about the search on Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Ayanna Webster-Roy, as she boarded a flight in Jamaica on Friday.
Minister Moses told the Parliament today that he also expressed his concern to the Jamaican High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago based in Port-of-Spain, and the T&T High Commissioner based in Kingston, Jamaica.
Jamaica's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has rejected claims that Jamaican immigration, customs or security personnel searched a Trinidadian Minister of Government at the Norman Manley International Airport on Friday, the Jamaica Gleaner reports.
According to the ministry, the search was undertaken by private security officers.