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Moreno wants AMCHAM to help attract investment

Published:Friday | February 6, 2015 | 12:00 AM

United States Ambassador to Jamaica Luis Moreno has met with the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) board of directors as one of his first official stops since arriving in the island. The US ambassador is traditionally the honorary chairman of the AMCHAM board. The meeting took place at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

Ambassador Moreno pledged his full and unwavering support for the chamber in its activities and emphasised the need to further strengthen business relations between both countries.

Moreno also noted that he is open to ideas from AMCHAM in assisting the embassy to attract United States investment to Jamaica, and called for an enhancement in long-established relations in, among other areas, trade, tourism and security.

Meanwhile, AMCHAM's new president-elect, Ron McKay, chief executive officer of ADS Global, will be officially confirmed at an invitation-only event on March 5, at The Knole Great House in Stony Hill, St Andrew.

In his remarks, Ron McKay expressed his honour at meeting the ambassador and discussing an increased participation between the US Embassy and AMCHAM. "We will continue our efforts to promote trade and investment and to have our members be the go-to people to drive the synergies, which will be an integral part of growth opportunities for the private sector in Jamaica," McKay said.

The event, with its mantra: 'Beyond Our Borders', will highlight Ambassador Moreno's first official economic address and also serve as the launch of AMCHAM's new vision statement and trade initiatives.

The organisation also added two new vice-presidents and four new directors: The new vice-presidents are Kelly Tomblin, president and chief executive officer of the Jamaica Public Service, and Andrew Pairman, head of Anbell. The four new directors are Novlet Deans, chief executive officer of the Environmental Health Foundation; Heston Hutton, managing director of Centralised Strategic Services; Mauricio Pulido, chief executive officer of GB Energy (Texaco) Jamaica, and Barry O'Brien, chief executive officer of Digicel Jamaica.