The Government will be intensifying efforts for Jamaican skilled workers and businesses to have greater access to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).
The position was outlined by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, as he delivered the Throne Speech at Gordon House on Thursday (February 15).
He said that Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, will assume Chairmanship of CARICOM from July 1 to December 31, providing an opportunity for Jamaica to influence the Community’s policy direction, development agenda and the regional integration process.
“Jamaica will also use the opportunity to engage with CARICOM member states on the recently tabled recommendations of the Report of the CARICOM Review Commission,” he said.
The Governor-General informed that parliamentary approval will be sought for the Foreign Trade Policy and to ensure its timely implementation, recognising the importance of expanding foreign trade in keeping with the economic growth agenda.
He told the House that there are “encouraging signs” that Jamaica is “poised” for great things, and “we are seeing the first sprouts of the sacrifices that we have made”, adding that Jamaicans must unite for prosperity.
He noted that the fight against crime and violence, corruption, abuse of women and children and the disabled and less fortunate, are matters that require the involvement of all citizens.
“Let us join to grow our economy and to protect our environment, to bring our people the bountiful harvest they deserve. We all have an opportunity to work in partnership for the good of all Jamaicans,” the Governor-General said.