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MESSAGE FROM SENATOR THE HON. KAMINA JOHNSON SMITH MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND FOREIGN TRADE FOR INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Jamaica joins the international community in commemorating Human Rights Day 2017.  This year, Human Rights Day marks the beginning of a year-long campaign celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.  The Declaration recognizes the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family, regardless of race, colour, creed, sex, or national origin.

MINISTER JOHNSON SMITH TO ATTEND 11TH WTO MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE IN BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Friday, 08 December 2017

(MFA&FT Kingston: December 8, 2017)

 

Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, will lead Jamaica’s delegation to the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference and preparatory meetings in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 9th-13th December 2017.

 

74 RECEIVE PM YOUTH AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

Thursday, 07 December 2017

 

KINGSTON, Dec. 7 (JIS):

Seventy-four young people who have made outstanding contribution in various areas were presented with the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence, during a ceremony held last evening (December 6) on the lawns of the Office of the Prime Minister.

Awards were presented in the categories of Academics, Agriculture, Arts and Culture, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Protection, Innovation in Science and Technology, International Achievement, Journalism, Leadership, Sports, and Youth Development, and there was a special Jamaica 55 award.

REPORT HIGHLIGHTS SIGNIFICANT COSTS OF TRAUMA CARE

Thursday, 07 December 2017

KINGSTON, Dec. 7 (JIS):

Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has welcomed a report that highlights the significant costs associated with treating trauma-related cases in the public health system.

The Cost of Care report, which was launched on Wednesday (December 6) at the University of the West Indies (UWI) regional headquarters in Mona, St. Andrew, shows that the direct and indirect medical cost of treating injuries at public facilities resulting from violence, road traffic crashes and attempted suicides in 2014 totalled $12.6 billion.

JAMAICA TO HOST INTER-PARLIAMENTARY MEETING ON GENDER EQUALITY

Thursday, 07 December 2017

KINGSTON, Dec. 7 (JIS):

Jamaica will host the Inter-Parliamentary Meeting on Gender Equality for ParlAmericas’ Anglophone membership in Kingston from January 24 to 25, 2018. 

This was disclosed by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, during the 25th anniversary awards luncheon of the Jamaica Women’s Political Caucus held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on December 5.

MINISTER JOHNSON SMITH TO CHAIR ACP COUNCIL OF MINISTERS

Wednesday, 06 December 2017

 (MFA&FT Kingston: December 6, 2017)

Jamaica's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith was appointed on Tuesday, 5th December 2017, to preside over the Council of Ministers of the ACP Group of Countries, for a six-month period from February to July 2018.

WORK ADVANCED ON NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM

Wednesday, 06 December 2017

KINGSTON, Dec. 6 (JIS):

The civil and identification database being established under the National Identification System (NIDS) is now 90 per cent complete.

This was disclosed by Project Director for NIDS, Warren Vernon, who noted that work is advanced “in terms of defining all of the features and the requirements in order to deliver the system”.

He was speaking at a town hall meeting at Emancipation Park in New Kingston on Tuesday (December 5).

CARICOM REPORT TO BE TABLED IN THE HOUSE IN JANUARY

Wednesday, 06 December 2017

KINGSTON, Dec. 6 (JIS):

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the final report from the CARICOM Review Commission will be brought to Parliament in January 2018.

 “The CARICOM Report is still before Cabinet, and it will be addressed as one of the first reports early next year. In fact, I want to take it in the second sitting of Parliament next year,” the Prime Minister told the House of Representatives on December 5.

MORE ACTION TO PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE

Wednesday, 06 December 2017

KINGSTON, Dec. 6 (JIS):

The Government continues work to ensure gender equality through the launch of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Gender Equality Seal certification programme, which aims to address gaps in the workplace and create equitable conditions for both men and women.

The official launch of the programme took place on December 5 at The Knutsford Court hotel in Kingston.