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Partner with us to promote Jamaica - Samuda

Hon Aykut Eken, consul general of Jamaica to Turkey, gives JAMPRO Chairman Milton Samuda (left) his medal from the World Federation of Consuls in appreciation of his service to Jamaica. Looking on is Hon Costas Lefkaritis, vice-president of the Consular Corps of Cyprus. - contributed

JAMPRO Chairman Milton Samuda encouraged partnership for local business and investment from the influential visiting directors of the World Federation of Consuls at the 'Welcome to Jamaica' dinner hosted by the national trade and investment agency on January 24 at the Spanish Court Hotel.

In a comprehensive speech on business opportunities in Jamaica, Samuda emphasised the need to exploit the country's competitive advantages to position it as the business hub of the Caribbean. According to Samuda, the country poses irresistible business opportunities to the world.

He said, "Jamaica has an immense appetite for business in the key sector of information communications technology and business process outsourcing. There are also big opportunities in shipping and logistics, international financial services, tourism, export-oriented manufacturing and our pervasive creative industries."

At the beginning of the function president of JAMPRO, Sancia Bennett-Templer, issued a warm welcome to the visiting consuls, and briefly touched on the many opportunities present in the country. Nikos Margaropoulous, consul general of the Philippines to Greece, also gave a brief history of the World Federation of Consuls.

Local businessman and Turkey's Honorary Consul in Jamaica, Arnold Foote, who is currently the president of the World Federation of Consuls, made a special surprise presentation on behalf of the federation to JAMPRO's Chairman and President Milton Samuda, and Sancia Bennett-Templer, with an award for their dedicated work to Jamaica's development.

The newly elected board of directors of the World Federation of Consuls, a global network of consular associations created to support and improve the status, legitimacy and effectiveness of all consular officers in all receiving states, was in Jamaica from January 23-26 for its first board meeting, which Arnold Foote presided over.

The visiting consuls who attended the dinner included: Costas Lefkaritis, vice-president of the Consular Corps of Cyprus; Aykut Eken, consul general of Jamaica to Turkey; Nikolaos Margaropoulos, consul general of the Philippines to Greece; Francois Piers, Leif-Kristian Sverstad, consul of the Republic of Yemen in Norway, and Dr Mirza Baig, consul of The Republic of Yemen to Pakistan. Other attendees were: Thomas Amaral Neves and Fra Dolores Bustelo of Brazil; Taiwo Afolab; Dr Fola Rogers-Saliu, secretary general to the Hon Consul, and Hon Otunba Lawal of Nigeria; Prof Stelio Campanale of Italy; Mohammad Shajaham of Bangladesh, and Elaine Davis of Trinidad.

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