Fern White-Hilsenrath, Gleaner Writer
PRIME MINISTER Portia Simpson Miller has used one of the many events on the margins of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly to declare that Jamaica is open for business.
Addressing a group of American philanthropists and business leaders in New York on Thursday, Simpson Miller encouraged them to come to Jamaica.
"Jamaica is more than a brand. It is the pride of a people," said Simpson Miller.
"I want to declare that we are open for business. If anyone here wants to invest in one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, there can be no place that is prettier than Jamaica.
"These are difficult times because of the state of our economy, but we are not going to give up or give in," the prime minister added.
PUSHING FOR GROWTH
Simpson Miller said while her week in New York has provided no time for rest, she was grateful for the energy to push ahead as she was interested in seeing how she could seriously move ahead towards growth, development, and job creation in Jamaica.
"We want to place serious focus on the masses of people - the poor, the oppressed and the disadvantaged - as it is critical to our development," she said.
In addition to a number of bilateral sessions on the margins of the General Assembly, Simpson Miller and her team met with Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the Inter-American Development Bank.
That meeting was a closed-door session. However, it was expected that the prime minister would ask the bank to support a number of local economic programmes.