Tag: Jamaica


Jamaica Continues To See Rise In Tourist Arrivals

Preliminary data for January and February 2023 show an increase in visitor arrivals and expenditure relative to the corresponding period last year. Director General for the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Dr. Wayne Henry, said that stopover arrivals rose by 55.5 percent to 457,996 visitors for the period. Additionally, he reported that cruise passenger arrivals increased to 300,237 from 110 […]


Jamaica’s Economic Growth For 2022/23 Beats Pre-Pandemic Levels

Jamaica’s economic growth is estimated to have exceeded pre-pandemic levels for the 2022/2023 fiscal year. The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) noted recently in its latest preliminary data for the January to March quarter, along with the full fiscal year. PIOJ Director General Dr. Wayne Henry says the 2.7 percent growth suggests full economic recovery. For the first quarter of […]


How Much Is Too Much Mr. Prime Minister?

The increase is too much! Roll back the increase now! Ali Baba and the forty thieves! Politicians are just feathering their own nests! Unconscionable and immoral! The above is some of the utterances in the public sphere since the Andrew Holness-led administration announced a mammoth salary increase for the political directorate. The increase has stirred up the hornet’s nest, and […]


Jamaica’s Christopher Taylor Battling Lengthy Ban For Evading Drug Test

Jamaican World Championships mile relay silver medalist Christopher Taylor is facing the fight of his life to avoid a four-year ban for the anti-doping rule violation of evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection. Top placed TVJ Sports sources, who spoke on condition of not being named, indicate that Taylor, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) and Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission […]


PM To Forgo Salary Increase; Announces Reshuffled Cabinet

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that he will forgo his salary increase under the compensation package announced last week by Finance Minister Dr. Nigel Clarke. He made the announcement during a press conference Monday evening. The Prime Minister, who spoke for more than an hour, spent most of the time trying to justify the increases granted to members of […]


Jamaica’s Economy Continues On Strong Growth Path

Jamaica’s economy is estimated to have grown in the range of four to 5.5 per cent for fiscal year 2022/23. This out-turn, according to Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Richard Byles, is consistent with the range previously anticipated by the institution. He was addressing journalists during the BOJ’s semi-virtual media briefing on Monday (May 22). Mr. Byles, who noted that […]


Accountability Measures Coming For Ministers, MPs

Accountability measures are coming for ministers and members of parliament (MPs), says Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness. “We have established, and I will announce shortly, a series of accountability measures and I have said to my MPs and the ministers that the cost of this policy is accountability. Every single MP, all ministers are now committed to ensuring […]


Jamaica and UK Sign Framework Document For A $2.9-Billion Violence-Prevention Project

The Governments of Jamaica and the United Kingdom (UK) have signed a framework document signaling their intention to collaborate on a £15-million ($2.9-billion) violence-prevention project. The document was signed by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the UK, the Rt. Hon. James […]


Jamaica — 20,000 New Rooms For Tourism Sector

Approximately 20,000 new rooms are set to come on stream over the next five to 10 years, says Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett. Mr. Bartlett provided an update on the investment projects while opening the 2023/24 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives recently. The Minister pointed out that these additional rooms will be located in all the parishes. […]


Teachers Encouraged To Embrace Artificial Intelligence

Jamaica’s Minister of Education and Youth, Hon. Fayval Williams, has called on teachers to embrace the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the teaching and learning process in the classroom. She noted that although there is the notion that AI software is poised to automate a number of jobs globally, it is unlikely that the technology will replace teachers. “Artificial […]