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Jamaica, Trinidad LNG talks continue

Published:Friday | July 20, 2012 | 12:57 PM

Trinidad & Tobago’s Trade Minister Vasant Bharath says efforts are being made to resolve the stalemate regarding the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Jamaica.

The commitment was made during a meeting between Jamaica’s Commerce Minister Anthony Hylton and his Trinidadian counterpart yesterday.

The issue of energy has been of significant concern to Jamaica’s manufacturing and productive sector and has been the basis of calls for Jamaica to withdraw from the Caribbean Community.

Hylton said Trinidad’s trade minister has assured him that the issue is receiving attention at the highest level.

He said Bharat has also promised to update him on the progress of consultations on the issue within a month.

In the meantime, both government ministers have agreed to develop a draft proposal to address the movement of services, such as entertainment, between the two countries.

In recent times, entertainers have been refused entry into Trinidad & Tobago despite having contractual agreements.

The document is to be submitted to the next meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development to be held later this year.

Hylton said the Trinidadian Minister has also committed to addressing specific market access issues being experienced by some Jamaican products.