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Friday, 20 July 2018

Jamaica’s newly appointed High Commissioner to the United Kingdom George Ramocan is expected to leave for London mid-month to take up his new assignment. This follows an announcement on November 16 by Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, which was really a mere formality as it was obvious to some that he would have been assigned to London from immediately after the new Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Administration took office in March. So, why did he have to wait another eight months before he was officially announced as the new high commissioner to London? Ramocan blames the delay on procedural matters.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Latin American and Caribbean countries to invest in Kenya. President Kenyatta said yesterday the changing global political and economic order such as Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as US President calls for countries to forge new trade partnerships. In a speech read on his behalf by Principal Secretary for Trade Chris Kiptoo at the first Latin America Caribbean Africa Trade Summit (LAC AFRICA) in Nairobi, the President said trade volumes between Kenya and the two regions is worryingly low.

The EU and the Cook Islands have agreed on all the elements of their brand-new Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement, giving the go ahead to fishing operations for EU vessels. On 29 November, the first Joint Committee in the framework of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and the Cook Islands came to a successful end. The parties defined the financial support to be granted by the EU for the development of the Cook Islands’ fisheries sector and discussed fisheries matters to allow for the start of fishing operations.

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