Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jam, September 28, 2016 – Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says Jamaicans are buying into the vision of the Economic Growth Council (EGC) and its push to generate sustained levels of economic growth. The Council, chaired by businessman Michael-Lee Chin, is targeting gross domestic product (GDP) growth of five per cent over the next four years. The Prime Minister, who was speaking in an interview with Bloomberg Radio’s Carol Masser in New York last week, said the EGC aims to “mobilize national support around a…new paradigm of economic development.” “It is taking (shape) in the minds of Jamaicans, that we have to take a new approach to our economy,” he pointed out.The EGC’s Deputy Chairman, and Ambassador for Economic Affairs, Dr. Nigel Clarke, who accompanied Mr. Holness, noted that among the areas of focus is creating an environment in which capital, labour and technology “become more productive.” “One of our views is that the role of Government is to facilitate and create the enabling framework that allows thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of workers to pursue their own interests and, therefore, expand opportunities,” he noted.The Prime Minister was in New York from September 19 to 24, where he attended the 71st United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). He also did an interview with Bloomberg television. The Prime Minister’s engagements included his inaugural address to the UNGA on September 23. He also witnessed the delivery of US President Barack Obama’s eighth and final speech to that body on September 21.Mr. Holness also participated in the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting; delivered the keynote address at a Columbia University symposium; engaged the Jamaican Diaspora at a town hall meeting; and held bilateral discussions with various business and other leaders to explore new opportunities to advance Jamaica’s development. The Prime Minister returned on Saturday, September 24. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Economic Growth Council, Jamaicans buying into the vision of the EGC
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 3, 2017 – Kingston – World leaders from the tourism industry, governments, donors, and international development and finance organisations have confirmed attendance at the Global Conference on ‘Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism’. To be held from November 27 to 29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, the conference is being hosted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Government of Jamaica, World Bank Group and Inter-American Development Bank.More than 300 participants from 60 countries have already registered for the conference. Over the three days, the participants will be identifying successful models and initiatives that will contribute to sustainable tourism development globally.Giving details of the conference agenda at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on November 1, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the conference is intended to foster a forum for governments, investors, donors and development organisations to exchange development and investment opportunities; share proven best practices for developing public-private partnerships (PPP) in tourism; and work with governments to prepare innovative tourism PPP investment opportunities that prioritise sustainability, economic inclusion and poverty alleviation.“The conference will provide an opportunity for us to look at social inclusiveness, employment and poverty-reduction strategies that have been employed with success by the various entities. We need to look at how do we build the policy and the framework, legislative and regulatory arrangements to enable the sustainability, and so we want to look at innovative partnerships, best practices and lessons learned from across the globe,” Mr. Bartlett said.The Minister added that other focus areas will include resource efficiencies, environmental protection and climate change; cultural values, diversity and heritage, which are all considerations for sustainable tourism.Discussions for day one of the conference will focus on ‘The future of tourism in the Caribbean’, with various concurrent sessions dubbed Tourism and Sustainability: Threats, Risks, Opportunities and Challenges; Current Trends in Indigenous Tourism; Talent Development and Human Capital; Tourism Networks: Creating Linkages, Reducing Leakages; and Science, Technology and Innovation in Tourism.Day two commences with the official opening ceremony, followed by plenaries focusing on development assistance agencies and investment partnership opportunities.The sessions will afford international donors, development agencies and foundations discussion on critical areas of interest, highlight funding opportunities and formulate a roadmap for public-private collaboration.Plenary sessions on day three will look at job creation and inclusive growth through PPP; successful models of destination management; education, training and innovation; delivering change and impacts through donor-funded programmes.“We see this conference as an approach to enable the tourism-dependent countries of the world to have a deeper appreciation of how they can get more from an industry that has become a powerhouse in global economies,” Mr. Bartlett said.He added that Jamaica’s hosting of this global event will enable the country “to position itself as a global tourism centre for international ideas exchange and cerebration on tourism matters”.Some of the key speakers confirmed for the conference include President of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Danilo Medina; Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness; Vice-President for Countries, Inter-American Development Bank, Alexandre Meira da Rosa; Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro; CEO of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), James Scriven; President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Gloria Guevara Manzo; and UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.Release: JIS
Deportivo Alaves boss Abelardo Fernandez believes nothing can take away what they’ve already achieved, despite missing out on top spot in La Liga on FridayAlaves suffered a 1-0 defeat to Leganes with Youssef En-Nesyri’s goal just before the break proving to be the difference in the end.Despite their best efforts at Butarque, Alaves were unable to find an equaliser and missed out on the chance of leapfrogging Barcelona at the top of La Liga.But Abelardo admits, in a league as competitive as La Liga, you can’t win every time.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We have to give the boys credit, it’s very hard for a team like Alaves to win in the top flight,” said Abelardo, according to La Vanguardia.“It’s a very tough competition, the best league in the world. Our team is having an extraordinary season.“This was an equal game, we knew Leganes would be physical and direct.”Barcelona will travel to third-placed Atletico Madrid today.