KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Jamaican government is expressing concern about the inactivity of the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC), and the vacuum it has created in the representation of the private sector at the regional level.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Anald ...more »
JUNIOR Foreign Minister Dr Ronald Robinson yesterday denied that he met with US State Department officials and representatives of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips as stated in yesterday's Observer lead story.
Robinson told the Observer that he never met with anyone from the State Department and that his encounter with a representative from the law firm was brief, as described by Jamaica Labour Party General Secretary Karl Samuda in his statement on the issue Tuesday.
"As regards media reports that a minister of Government met with State officials and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, Dr Ronald Robinson, minister of state in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, while on a visit to Washington on November 20, 2009, had a brief social encounter with a representative of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips after having declined an invitation by Mr Harold Brady to attend a meeting at the State Department," Samuda said in his statement.
Yesterday, Robinson explained that his encounter with the Manatt representative was over drinks and lasted for about half-an-hour.
ROBINSON... I never met with anyone from the State Department
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