Minister appeals for alternative energy support

KINGSTON, Jamaica: Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Karl Samuda, is appealing to the international community to partner with Jamaica, particularly in developing strategies to utilize alternative energy sources.

“There are so many things that we can learn from you in terms of your strategies to deal with alternative energy,” said Samuda in his Ministerial Address to the Diplomatic Corps at the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) office in New Kingston last week.

Samuda said that mechanisms for alternative energy sources need to be employed because the high cost of energy impedes economic progress in Jamaica and discourages investment in heavy manufacturing.

“So we need to aggressively assault that particular area,” said Samuda. “It is challenging, it is difficult, because the resources are not there to support the strategy of alternative energy, but we must begin.”

Samuda told the diplomats that Jamaica was willing to work with their respective countries in sharing best practices.

“What we would like to do is to work more closely with you, to see in what way you can be of assistance to us, and we can reciprocate in those areas where we have excelled and that you have excelled,” he said.

Samuda said one area in which Jamaica has had tremendous success and could share best practices is tourism.

“I dare say there is hardly a country in the world that cannot learn from the tourism experiences of Jamaica,” he said. “As a small economy, if we do not get from you the appropriate technology and systems and mechanisms that have made you succeed, then we are not going to make it. We cannot make it in splendid isolation. We must work together.”

Samuda gave the Ministerial Address as part of activities for annual Diplomatic Week, which was held from January 24 to 28.

Now in its 12th year, the week was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade to provide a framework for updating diplomats on government’s policies and programs, as well as an opportunity for dialogue and feedback on areas of mutual interest. Twenty-three overseas-based diplomats participated, along with 33 of their locally posted colleagues. (JIS)


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