Holness Defends Merger of Agriculture and Industry Ministries

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Prime Minister Holness is defending his decision to merge the Agriculture Ministry with the Industry and Commerce portfolios.

The Agriculture portfolio has always been given a stand alone ministry, often paired with responsibility for Fisheries. When Prime Minister Holness announced Karl Samuda as Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries, it raised several eyebrows. However, Mr Holness is insistent that the decision will reap significant benefits.

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Prime Minister Holness is urging persons who take business risk to continue investing in Jamaica.

He says it should be recognized by all that Jamaica is open for doing business.

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness speaking last evening at the opening of EXPO 2016 at the National Arena.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.