Information Minister lauds Ja-China diplomatic relations
Information Minister Senator Sandrea Falconer is hailing the strong diplomatic relations Jamaica shares with the People's Republic of China, which has, among other things, enabled a significant number of Jamaicans to benefit from technical cooperation assistance programmes provided by the Asian country.
One such is the Human Resource Development Cooperation Programme, which has seen some 600 Jamaicans from government ministries, departments, and agencies participating in study tours and exchanges, upwards of the past four years.
Senator Falconer was among some 111 persons who benefited from the programme this year. She and a number of the other participants were guests at a special reception held on Tuesday at the Chinese Ambassador's Seaview Avenue residence in St Andrew, to provide feedback on their experiences.
Ja in good condition to meet IMF targets - Byles
Co-chairman, Economic Programme Oversight Committee, Richard Byles, has said the current progress of the country's Economic Reform Programme (ERP), if sustained, augurs well for the country.
The reform implementation process will ensure that targeted structural reforms stipulated under the US$932.3 million four-year extended fund facility which the Government negotiated with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are implemented.
Since the programme has been implemented, Jamaica has registered positive performances for the quarters under review.
"It's a good start. We have passed all of the tests (and) targets for the first two quarters, and there are quantitative targets and (some) targets, called structural adjustments, so a lot of the legislation you see going through Parliament now are targets that have been set by the IMF. We have a third test coming up at the end of this month and we think we are in pretty good condition to meet those targets," he said.
London High Commission hosts first J'can confirmation ceremony
The High Commission in London last week Friday hosted its first ceremony to recognise United Kingdom (UK)-born persons of Jamaican heritage, who took up Jamaican citizenship.
High Commissioner to the UK, Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, who congratulated the new citizens, said the decision to host the special ceremony was to celebrate the fact that they had chosen to confirm their Jamaican citizenship.
"We thought that it would be nice to have a simple ceremony to show what it means now that you have chosen to confirm your Jamaican citizenship," the high commissioner said.
She noted that they had made a good decision in choosing to be certified as Jamaican citizens.
Gravel Heights residents receive property titles
Eighty-five residents of Gravel Heights in St Catherine are now proud landowners, having received the titles to the property that they occupy from the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ).
The residents, some of whom have been living in the area since the 1970s, received the instruments last week Friday during a ceremony held at the Redemption National Church of God in the community.
The handover was part of continued efforts by the HAJ to deliver full ownership of land titles to thousands of residents across the island.
Minister with Responsibility for Housing Dr Morais Guy, in his remarks at the function, said the Government would be working with the residents to develop the infrastructure in the area.
He urged them to pay their property tax, which finances the cleaning of drains and collection of waste.
JBDC hosts Kumba Mi Yabba on Sunday
Christmas shoppers and lovers of authentic Jamaican products will be in for a treat at this year's Kumba Mi Yabba Christmas Village, the Jamaican craft producers' marketplace, set for the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Sunday.
The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC)-led event provides a platform for local producers and manufacturers of innovative and indigenous products and services to showcase their merchandise. Additionally, the show provides the medium for entrepreneurs to access a wider market, both locally and overseas.
Manager of Things Jamaican, the retail arm of the JBDC, Janine Taylor, said that Kumba Mi Yabba is a market-access event for its clients, with products ranging from ceramic items, paintings, carvings, household accessories, aromatherapy items, clothing, accessories, craft items made from leather to straw and local cuisine.
'Diaspora needs to work in partnership to develop region'
Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Albert Ramdin has called on the Caribbean diaspora in the United States of America to work in partnership for the development of the Americas.
"The Caribbean diaspora needs to come together as one voice to pool its resources so that it can contribute more to the various countries from which members of the diaspora originate," he said.
"I believe that no community is too small, and no individual is too weak to make a difference or to give back to their respective country or island," he added.