US Vice President Pence lauds PM Holness

US Vice President Pence lauds PM Holness

Thursday, August 22, 2019

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WASHINGTON DC, United StatesUnited States Vice President Mike Pence has lauded Prime Minister Andrew Holness for his outstanding leadership of Jamaica and by extension, the Caribbean region.

“I want to thank the prime minister of Jamaica for his strong leadership of his country and in the Caribbean community. I also want to thank Jamaica for its strong leadership at the Organisation of American states (OAS), as both countries (USA, Jamaica) work towards advancing key priorities from improving security, law and enforcement, public health and energy development. These corporations have benefited both countries.”Pence said in addressing the swearing in ceremony of the US seventeenth ambassador to Jamaica, Donald Tapia at the White House on Tuesday August 20 .

The US VP Pence underscored the fact that the USA and Jamaica are natural partners. He noted that both countries share cultural and economic ties as well as the core beliefs in free government and the rule of law.

He offered that given the strong alliance, both nations will continue to work towards strengthening the bond.

Pence referenced the appointment of the new ambassador as a demonstration of the US's commitment in building a safer and more prosperous western hemisphere.

In his remarks, Ambassador Tapia said he was honored to serve as the 17thenvoy to Jamaica and was commitment to the task at hand.

“Jamaica's proximity to the United States, shared values, culture and language can facilitate increased engagement, investment, trade and cooperation. Jamaica is a respected leaderwithin the region a strong partnership the United States deeply values,” he said.

He also noted that Jamaica is ripe for development of renewable energy sources like geothermal, solar and wind power, as well as LNG.

He said further that while its country's economy continues to grow, high electricity rates reduce economic competitiveness and prevent Jamaica from investing in other areas, such as education and business enterprises.

“I amcommittedto working with US businesses and within the US government to build relationships with Jamaica in these areas,” he added.

Derrick Scott

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