U.S. Prez vis­its Ja­maica

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

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.

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