U.S. Prez visits Jamaica
US President Barack Obama has expressed support for efforts being made by the Portia Simpson-Miller administration in handling public debt and other issues.
During bilateral talks on Thursday with Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, Jamaica’s economic programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as well as matters related to energy and climate change were also discussed.
“We spent time talking about trade and how we can expand in the region and internationally and we spent a lot of time talking about young people because one of the best ways to ensure growth and prosperity is by empowering more of our citizens. At today’s town hall meeting with young people from the region we will be discussing how we can support entrepreneurship, more student exchanges, more effective job training and at the same time how we can support human rights, equality and the dignity of our people,” the President said.
Obama, who arrived in Jamaica late Wednesday, also engaged in other activities on Thursday, including a CARICOM-US summit, a Youth Forum at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and a wreathlaying ceremony at National Heroes Park.
President Barack Obama.