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Israel’s Foreign Minister: ‘New Chapter’ Opened In Turkey Ties

Lapid hosts Cavusoglu, first Turkish FM to visit Israel in 15 years, as the two sides try to mend strained ties. Israel’s foreign minister Yair Lapid has said that his country is opening a “new chapter” in relations with Ankara, after meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Jerusalem. “The goal is to form and expand economic and civil […]


India Gives Johnson Smith’s Candidature The Nod For Commonwealth Post

According to press reports, India’s External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar has endorsed Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith’s candidature for the post of Secretary-General of the Commonwealth. Dr. Jaishankar on Monday held talks with Mrs. Johnson Smith ahead of President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit to Jamaica later this month. He noted that Johnson Smith has strong credentials and her […]


Tourism Minister Set To Focus On Six Key Areas

Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Ed Bartlett said that he would be focusing on six key areas as it creates a framework for growth that is more resilient, equitable, and sustainable. He noted that the six areas would include: Facilitating investments. Strengthening linkages. Investing in human capital development. Diversifying the tourism product. Building out a supportive tourism infrastructure. Creating a Destination […]


Jamaica To Rake In US$1.5 Billion In Tourist Earnings

According to Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica is poised to generate approximately US$1.5 billion in earnings from some one million visitor arrivals by the end of August as the sector rebounds from the ravages of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Minister noted that the projections are based on arrivals over the last seven months during which nearly 700,000 tourists visited […]


Blue Ocean Strategy Will Reset Tourism Sector – Bartlett

Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says that the Blue Ocean Strategy will play a major role in resetting Jamaica’s tourism industry. He explained that the strategy calls for the creation of business models that depart from traditional models based on competition and standardization. “It will see our Ministry pursuing enhanced value-creation through product differentiation and diversification, which will allow destination […]


Jamaicans Encouraged To Write And Publish Own Stories

Jamaicans are being encouraged to write and publish their own stories, by the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange. Speaking during a virtual celebration of World Book and Copyright Day 2021, on Friday (April 23), Miss Grange said it is important to write and “to tell our stories from our unique perspectives.” “Our song writers are […]


Ecuador’s Health Minister Resigns Amid Alleged Vaccination Scandal

Ecuador’s health minister Juan Carlos Zevallos resigned from his post amid a scandal related to the provision of the covid-19 vaccine to people who are not part of the priority demographic groups.  According to reports, Zevallos allegedly compromised his position by offering several of his relatives, including his 87-year-old mother, doses of the vaccine imported by the government meant for frontline workers. […]


Dr. Clarke — A 3-8 Percent Growth ‘Very Realistic’ For Jamaica

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. Nigel Clarke has argued that the prospects of Jamaica rebounding from the economic fallout because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to record growth within the range of 3-8 percent, beginning the fiscal year 2021-22 are “very realistic”. “As long as we can roll out our vaccine programme, beginning April 2021, and our markets […]


Minister — Tourism No Longer Business As Usual

Photo source: jis Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, is calling for a paradigm shift in the way that tourism is viewed in Jamaica. He said that as the country returns from the vagaries of the COVID-19 pandemic, “partners and all stakeholders” should be aware of the fact that never again will it “be business as usual.” He noted that […]


Jamaican Dollar Is Sick

“We cannot, as a nation, afford the cultural perception that our currency is irrelevant,” says a Minister of state in the Jamaican Government. We can deny, because of our cultural perceptions, that our $Ja is irrelevant, but we do not have such luxury to demand or boast that it is not an underling in the marketplace. Indeed, given the choice […]