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GOVERNMENT TO REVIEW NATIONAL TRANSPORT POLICY

Wednesday, 06 December 2017

KINGSTON, Dec. 6 (JIS):

            The Government is to commence review of the 2007 National Transport Policy (NTP) during the 2018/19 financial year.

            Director of the Projects Unit in the Transport and Mining Ministry, Tanya Bedward, said the review will take into consideration the aviation industry.

            “Part of the process will be to revisit the current policy and to also assess it within all the changes that would have happened in the (aviation) sector, which would have been significant over the years,” she said.

DART RETURNS FROM DOMINICA

Wednesday, 06 December 2017

KINGSTON, Dec. 6 (JIS):

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), which was deployed to Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, has returned to the island, having assisted with rebuilding operations in that country.

This was disclosed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during a Statement to the House of Representatives on Tuesday (December 5).

PM URGES JUNIOR MAYORS TO HELP PUSH LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Wednesday, 06 December 2017

KINGSTON, Dec. 6 (JIS):

            Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is urging the island’s Junior Mayors to use their platform to inspire more Jamaicans to support the activities of local government. 

            He gave the charge as he welcomed the youth representatives of the island’s 14 municipal corporations during a courtesy call at Jamaica House on Wednesday, December 6.

             Appointment of the Junior Mayors is the last major activity for Local Government Month in November.

Statement to the Senate on International Day for the Abolition of Slavery by Sen. The Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith

Saturday, 02 December 2017

Members of this Honourable House,

Today, Saturday, December 2, Jamaica joins with the international community in commemorating, the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, which marks the adoption, by the UN General Assembly in 1949, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others.

FOREIGN MINISTER APPOINTS NEW AMBASSADORS TO DEEPEN RELATIONS WITH ISRAEL, BELGIUM AND THE EUROPEAN UNION

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

    (MFA&FT: Brussels: November 22, 2017)

Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, announces the appointment of Ambassador Dr. Nigel Clarke, as Jamaica’s Ambassador to  the State of Israel and Ambassador Sheila Sealy Monteith as Jamaica’s Ambassador to Belgium and Permanent Representative to the European Union and UNESCO.  Ambassador Sealy Monteith will also serve as non-resident Ambassador to other European countries.

MINISTER JOHNSON SMITH MEETS WITH UK STATE MINISTER FOR COMMONWEALTH & UN

Monday, 13 November 2017

Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade met  on Thursday, November 9, 2017 with Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom (UK).

 

MINISTER JOHNSON SMITH TO PROMOTE EFFECTIVE EPA IMPLEMENTATION AT 4TH CARIFORUM/EU JOINT COUNCIL

Monday, 13 November 2017

Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has travelled to Brussels, Belgium to participate in the 4th Meeting of the CARIFORUM-European Union (EU) Joint Council, under the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

 

As a member of the Bureau, Minister Johnson Smith agreed to chair the Preparatory Meeting of CARIFORUM Ministers on Thursday, November 16, and to be the lead spokesperson for CARIFORUM at the Council Meeting on Friday, November 17.

 

JOHNSON SMITH MEETS WITH NEW CANADIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER

Friday, 10 November 2017

      (MFA&FT Kingston: November 8, 2017)

Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade today (Thursday, November 8) received the Copy Letters of Introduction of Mrs. Laurie Jane Peters, High Commissioner-designate for Canada to Jamaica,at the Foreign Ministry’s new Kingston location.

 

Minister Johnson Smith and High Commissioner Peters spoke to the historical friendship and strong cooperation between both countries, and affirmed their intention of building an even stronger partnership.