PM Holness to Make Historic Appearance at G7 Summit

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness has been specially invited to attend the G7 Summit in Quebec, Canada, in what’s being hailed by the government as a historic move.

The G7 is an informal grouping of seven of the world’s advanced economies consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. The summit is set for June 8 and 9.

A statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister says Mr Holness was invited by the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.

The OPM statement also says Prime Minister Holness has been asked to make a special presentation to the global leaders at the G7 outreach session.

The Prime Minister is to also participate in an exchange with the leaders at the Summit.

The OPM says the historic invitation to Prime Minister Holness will make him the first Jamaican Prime Minister to speak at the Summit with the leaders of the seven most developed countries in the world.

The Summit will focus on issues such as building resilient coasts and communities, ocean knowledge and science, as well as, sustainable oceans and fisheries.

The leaders will also explore how to address pressing challenges, including plastics in our oceans and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

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Tyrone Reid is a multi-award winning investigative journalist, Jamaica’s Journalist of the Year for 2015 and a two-time United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Caribbean Media Award recipient. Reid is undoubtedly in enviable company as his investigative works have been awarded in print, television and radio. He is also the journalist who has won the most individual awards from the coveted Jamaica Broiler’s Group Fair Play Awards. Reid is currently the News and Current Affairs Editor at Nationwide News Network and also one of the Region’s leading investigative journalists.