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Published:Wednesday | June 22, 2016 | 6:00 AM
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Robinson hails workers

Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson has hailed the patriotism and professionalism of Jamaica's workers.

She noted that their determination and steel-like resolve are critical to the country's economic growth and prosperity.

"There is no better service than giving back to one's country, and I see that every day with our workers," Robinson said.

"The greater good is Jamaica's, and I can tell you that nobody embodies or epitomises that more than the hard-working people of this country, many of whom go beyond the call of duty in the interest of this place we call home," she added.

Robinson was addressing the St Ann Health Department's Staff Recognition ceremony held on June 17 at the Sandcastles Resort in Ocho Rios.

She commended the management and staff of the St. Ann's Bay Regional Hospital, noting that their invaluable service has made the hospital a model facility and one of the best in the country.

Jamaica has quality tourism product

Immediate past president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Nicola Madden-Greig, has said Jamaica's tourism sector has all the ingredients to continue to grow and command a greater share of the world travel market.

"There is really no country in the region that has the quality tourism product that we have," Madden-Greig said recently.

The former JHTA head noted that a Resonance 2016 Caribbean Tourism Quality Index shows that the experiences people enjoy most in the Caribbean, according to their ratings on social media, are culinary, sightseeing, sports and adventure.

"Jamaica has all of these in abundance," she pointed out. "The focus on gastronomy by Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett as a key niche segment is timely and speaks to the growing desire of visitors to travel for their passions," she noted further.

Ja joins developing states in tackling climate change

Jamaica is preparing to tap into US$10.3 billion available to fund climate change adaptation and mitigation projects.

The country is joining 200 other developing states in formulating viable proposals to access financing from the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

Based in South Korea, the GCF was founded as a mechanism to assist developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change.

Jamaica has, so far, submitted a proposal to the GCF for readiness financing amounting to US$300,000.

According to principal director, Climate Change Division in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Albert Daley, this will assist with financing "to help to put in place the system and the procedures to enable the country to access funding, training, public awareness, and setting up the work programme".