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Opposition raises questions about Nigel Clarke as ambassador empowered to make gov't decisions

Published:Friday | April 29, 2016 | 9:50 AM
Dr Nigel Clarke

The Opposition People’s National Party has raised several concerns about the appointment of Dr Nigel Clarke as Ambassador Plenipotentiary for Economic Affairs.

As Ambassador Plenipotentiary, Clarke is empowered to make decisions on behalf of the Government.

In a release this morning, the Opposition said involving members of the private sector in the country's affairs is a positive step, especially where these persons have the requisite competence.

However, the People’s National Party notes that the Office of the Prime Minister has not indicated the extent of Dr Clarke’s authority in this role.

The opposition wants to know who he will report to, as he does not sit in the Upper or Lower House of Parliament and is not in the public sector.

It also wants to know if Clarke will be continuing his role as a senior executive of the Musson Group and if so, how potential conflicts of interest will be avoided.

The Opposition is also questioning, whether Terms of Reference guiding the conduct and limits of authority of the ambassador have been settled and when they will be made public.
Earlier this week, the OPM announced that as Ambassador Plenipotentiary for Economic Affairs, Clarke will represent Jamaica’s interests with bilateral, multilateral and international partners and promote investment and trade.