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Reports about boycott call against Trinidad and Tobago clarified by PSOJ

Published:Monday | April 4, 2016 | 4:38 AM
Regional news agency CANA, yesterday quoted the PSOJ president William Mahfood as saying Jamaica should boycott Trinidad and Tobago until it honours its obligations under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy.

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) is seeking to clarify regional media reports that it is pushing for a boycott of goods from Trinidad and Tobago over the alleged ill-treatment of Jamaicans. 

Regional news agency CANA, yesterday quoted the PSOJ president William Mahfood as saying Jamaica should boycott Trinidad and Tobago until it honours its obligations under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy.

According to the report, Mahfood said it's time for Jamaica to stand up for its rights and refuse Trinidad access to the Jamaican market if it continues to restrict free movement of Jamaican citizens.

However, Mahfood told The Gleaner/Power News Centre last night that he did not call for an outright boycott of Trinidadian goods, but a temporary restriction on some goods.

 

PSOJ president, William Mahfood speaking with Jovan Johnson of The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre

Jamaica is probing allegations that two nationals were ill-treated on their arrival at Trinidad's Piarco airport on March 21.

Yesterday, Jamaica's foreign affairs minister called for the Trinidadian government and its national carrier Caribbean Airlines to improve facilities for holding people who are denied entry to the twin island republic.

Kamina Johnson Smith expressed dissatisfaction with the holding facilities at Trinidad's Piarco International Airport following the receipt of two formal complaints from Jamaicans about the treatment they received in Trinidad after a decision to deny them entry on March 21.

The foreign minister says she is aware of work done in 2013 and 2014 to improve facilities, but notes that more needs to be done.