Jamaica: Prime Minister Andrew Holness along with other CARICOM heads of government arrives at Los Angeles, California to attend the ninth Summit of the Americas and conduct a meeting with Prime Minister of Canada– Justin Trudeau on Thursday, June 9, 2022.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness noted, “Today, I along with colleague Prime Ministers and Leaders had important discussions with Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau on how we can recommit to collective engagement to fight climate change. We also used the opportunity to highlight some of the challenges and opportunities in relation to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”
Prime Minister Holness also delivered a statement on Tourism and Economic Recovery at the IV CEO Summit of the Americas. His statement focused on lessons learned from the pandemic, factors contributing to the speed of Jamaica’s tourism recovery, opportunities and risks to the sector, the need for resilience and sustainability within the sector and of course the role of micro, small and medium-sized tourism enterprises.
He said that the Caribbean is the most tourism-dependent region in the world, according to the IADB’s 2021 Tourism Dependence Index (TDI).
Outlining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, PM Holness stated that one of the important practical lessons from the pandemic is the need for greater linkages, particularly between the tourism sector and the rest of the economy.
“During the pandemic, we saw how local suppliers, particularly within the agricultural sector, met demands which were impacted by supply chain disruption. In light of this, we must ensure that a certain percentage of tourism industry-related input is locally generated and supplied,” PM Holness underlined.
Prime Minister Holness also met with MasterCard CEO Michael Maibach, along with other executives, as Jamaica continues to pursue opportunities for the integration of technology to advance our development objectives and meet the needs of our people in an increasingly digitized world.
He further exclaimed that the 9th Summit of the Americas being held here in Los Angeles, California, is under the theme: “Building a Sustainable, Resilient, and Equitable Future”.
The goal of the summit is to allow leaders of the Americas to openly discuss and identify solutions to our shared challenges and pursue opportunities for our collective prosperity.
Jamaica is in full support of this important agenda and looks forward to concrete actions towards our common goal.
He also had bilateral discussions with President of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez. They discussed areas of collaboration between our two countries and he look forward to expanding on them in the very near future.