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'US travel ban presents opportunity for Jamaica'

Published:Friday | June 30, 2017 | 6:22 PMDebbie-Ann Wright

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Affairs at the University of the West Indies, Dr Richard Bernal, has asserted that the US travel ban presents an opportunity which can be exploited by Jamaica.

People from six mainly Muslim countries and all refugees now face tougher US entry due to President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban.

It means people without close family or business relationships in the US could be denied visas and barred entry.

Speaking on Power Talk on Power 106 FM this morning, Bernal said it’s time for Jamaica to look for new sources of foreign direct investments.

Bernal says some non-traditional areas which could be explored are health and education.

He says citizens from countries affected by the US travel ban could be among those targeted for education.

 

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Affairs at the University of the West Indies, Dr. Richard Bernal

Bernal also says instead of looking to traditional sources of FDI, such as North America and Europe, Jamaica should now be looking to places like Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.

For example, he notes that China is now the second largest source of FDI globally, behind the United States.