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Caribbean Maritime Institute to be expanded

Published:Saturday | December 10, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Andrew Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the Government will be making an investment in the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) to make it easier to accommodate the growing number of applicants vying for spaces.

Holness said that he was aware of the challenges at the facility and informed that discussions are well advanced to expand the institute to give more students the opportunity of pursuing a career in a sector that could give Jamaicans a competitive edge in the global marketplace.

"I am so proud of the (Caribbean) Maritime Institute. It is such a very wonderful institution that needs all the support it can get. I am aware of the challenges you face as it relates to space and so many Jamaicans wanting to get into the institution," he said.

The prime minister was giving the keynote address at the Edu-Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) conference at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Montego Bay, St James, on Thursday.

Holness said it was clear that the Government would have to step in to give the institute a facility in which it could grow to serve not only Jamaica, but the region as well.

"Very soon, there will be an official announcement on what we plan to do as it relates to the investment we intend to make in the (Caribbean) Maritime Institute," Holness added.

He said that a parallel could be drawn with the now globally accepted truism that Jamaica's homegrown athletics programme is among the best in the world.