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Jamaica’s Prime Minister assures easier investment process

PHILADELPHIA – Jamaica’s Prime Minister The Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has assured members of the business community in Philadelphia that she will do everything possible to make investing in Jamaica a hassle free process.

Addressing over 200 members of the Philadelphia business community at a reception given in her honor at the upscale Pyramid Club in downtown Philadelphia last night, April 27, 2012, Prime Minister Simpson Miller said she was determined to attract more overseas investments to Jamaica. However to do so, she would have to find ways of removing the red tape so that Jamaica could benefit from the investments that many foreign entities and members of the Diaspora would like to make in the country.
“The investments that many of you here have started in Jamaica might be incomplete because of the difficulties you have experienced in doing business in the country.  As Prime Minister, I’m here to let you know that I will do everything in my power to ensure that your investment desires will materialize”.
The Prime Minister pointed out that one of the on-going objectives of the government at this time is to help to increase the level of employment in the country through the creation of jobs from foreign investments.  
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller was presented with the city of Philadelphia’s highest award, “The Liberty Bell”, by chairman of the Mayor’s commission on African and Caribbean Immigration Affairs, Stanley Straughter.  He pointed out that the award was being presented by the city in recognition of her status as the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of Jamaica and also because of the recent recognition given to her as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.
The Prime Minister and Minister of Sports who is on a two-day official visit to the city of Philadelphia paid tribute to CEO of Team Jamaica Bickle, Irwin Claire and CEO of Caribbean Food Delight, Vincent HoSang for their outstanding support and contributions to the Jamaican athletes who represent the country at the annual Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  
“The contributions of your organizations in providing support of meals, transportation, lodging, medical services among others, to our athletes on a yearly basis, are worthy of the highest commendation.  “On behalf of my government, the athletes and people of Jamaica, I want to commend you both.”
Mrs Simpson Miller noted that because of the support and assistance given by these two organizations, the athletes can perform at their highest levels since they can relax and not worry about transportation, lodging, meals or medical services.  
“I am confident that our athletes who are participating in the Penn Relays over the weekend will do Jamaica proud.  I am even more certain that they will perform creditably at this years’ upcoming summer Olympics in London.”
On Saturday, April 28, 2012, the final day of the Penn Relays, the organization will salute Jamaica on its 50th year of independence anniversary where Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will be the special guest.
The Prime Minister is accompanied by Minister of Tourism Wykeham McNeil, Jamaica’s Consul General to New York Mr. Herman G LaMont and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, Delano Franklyn.

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