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JLP questions investment minister's absence from China trip

Published:Wednesday | August 21, 2013 | 3:05 PM

The opposition Jamaica Labour Party is questioning the absence of the minister with responsibility for driving investment in the country from a key trip to China by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.



Jamaica’s ambassador in China Ralph Thomas, says the visit of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to the South Asian country is critical to the country’s push to make Jamaica a transshipment hub.



While there, Simpson Miller is also expected to meet with Chinese companies with an interest in Jamaica.



However, the Opposition wants the government to immediately clarify why Industry, Investment and Commerce minister, Anthony Hylton is absent from such an important visit.



Opposition Spokesperson for Industry, Commerce and Energy, Gregory Mair, says he is seriously concerned Hylton was left behind given the urgent need for significant investment.



He notes that Hylton has been positioning himself as a driver of the logistics hub project and is directly responsible for promulgating business development in the country.



Mair says he is seriously concerned given the very serious economic predicament Jamaica finds itself in and the urgent need for significant investment.



He argues that the absence of Hylton is just another in a series of developments that point to confusion within the government.



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