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Step aside or be a team player – JMA to Nicholson

Published:Monday | June 10, 2013 | 6:46 PM

The Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) says the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade A.J. Nicholson should step aside or articulate a position on regional trading issues that represent local views.

On Friday, Senator Nicholson called for the parliamentary Opposition and other critics to end the bickering with Trinidad and Tobago over claims of unfair trade practices and focus on large markets.

However, the JMA says it is disturbed by what it calls careless comments from the government minister.

The JMA says Nicholson has either forgotten which team he is on, or blatantly disregards the people he is supposed to represent. 

The manufacturers' association says it is not picking on Trinidad adding that there are legitimate issues, which are negatively affecting the competitiveness of the productive sector.

JMA president Brian Pengelley says it is the country’s right to call for investigations into breaches of trade rules.

He says manufacturers are not idly sitting by and bickering but are diversifying their export products and markets.

The JMA says it cannot allow Trinidad or any CARICOM partner to go unchecked and it expects the Government to be receptive of any concerns. 


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