Edmond Campbell, Senior Staff Reporter
EXPERTS FROM the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and technical personnel from the Ministry of Finance and Planning could, by next week, shed light on the possible implications for Jamaica in the wake of the partial shutdown of the United States (US) Government.
At a meeting on Tuesday of the Internal and External Affairs Committee of Parliament, it was agreed that the committee would invite officials from both ministries to discuss the likely impact on Jamaica.
Government lawmaker Mikael Phillips had suggested that the issue be a priority for the committee, a suggestion Chairman Derrick Smith readily accepted.
The committee scheduled the deliberations on the US government shutdown for next week Thursday.
A partial shutdown of the US government was set in train earlier this week, after the two houses of Congress failed to agree to a new budget.
The Republican-led House of Representatives in the United States delayed US President Barack Obama's celebrated 'Obamacare' health-care reform as a condition for passing the bill.
It has been reported that more than 700,000 federal employees face unpaid leave with no guarantee of back pay once the deadlock is over.
The US president blamed the House of Representatives for the stalemate and said he would "keep working to get Congress to reopen the government [and] restart vital services".