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PM assures business community in Philadelphia

Prime Minister 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 more than 200 members of the Philadelphia business community at a reception given in her honour at the Pyramid Club in downtown Philadelphia on Friday night, Simpson Miller said she was determined to attract more overseas investments to Jamaica. She told the Philadelphia business leaders that everything would be done 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.

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"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 materialise."

The prime minister told the gathering that one of the on-going objectives of the Government was to help to increase the level of employment through the creation of jobs from foreign investments.

At the function, the prime minister 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 Simpson Miller's 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's meeting with the Philadelphia business community was one of several engagements undertaken during her five-day visit to that city and New York. The prime minister returned to the island on Sunday.

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