Outgoing Chairman of the Caricom Conference of Heads of Government, Honourable Andrew Holness is encouraging his fellow leaders to deliver on the bold steps and strong joint recommitment to the regional process that they made during his tenure.Prime Minister of Jamaica Honourable Andrew Holness delivers his address as outgoing Chairman of the Caricom Conference of Heads of Government at the 30th Intersessional Meeting of the Caricom ConferenceHolness, who is also Prime Minister of Jamaica, was speaking on Tuesday morning at the opening of the 30th Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of Caricom which is being held in St Kitts and Nevis between February 26 and 27, 2019.He gave a quick overview of some of the achievements and commitments made during his time as Chairman of the Conference, speaking first of hosting the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference which was held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in July 2018.Holness said that during the Conference, a “giant leap forward” was made in response to the concerns of Caricom Member States with regard to being treated with fairness, respect and dignity. He explained that procedures on the refusal of entry were adopted with an agreement to implement them by August 2018.He further outlined that during the same meeting, Heads of Member States demonstrated their commitment to ensure that the free movement of skills provisions in the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) regime not only worked for the principal beneficiaries, but also for their families through the signing of the Protocol on Contingent Rights.Following the 39th Conference, the Heads of Government met in September in a prime ministerial sub-committee Chaired by Prime Minister of Barbados, Honourable Mia Mottley, and again in a special session in December 2018 where they had further discussions regarding the report of the Commission to Review Jamaica’s relations within the Caricom and CARIFORUM frameworks (CRCC) and implementation of the CSME.“The meeting was graciously hosted by Prime Minister Rowley in Port-of-Spain and delivered the St Ann’s Declaration, which cemented our resolve that we must give impetus to the CSME. Among other decisions accordingly, we reclaimed the objective of economic growth and development and emphasised the central role of the Private Sector and labour in assisting the region on this path,” the Outgoing Chairman said.Other achievements outlined by PM Holness included a decision to add agricultural workers and security guards to the agreed categories of skilled nationals who will be entitled to move freely and seek employment within the Community. He also confirmed that Beauty Service Practitioners and Barbers can move and work as artistes.Strategic engagements with external partners was another area of focus, and, according to Holness, that was the reason much of his attention was geared towards strengthening relations with bilateral, regional and international development partners.This, he said, included engagements with the Presidents of Chile and Cuba during the 39th Heads of Government Meeting, as well as representing the Community at the BRICS Plus Summit in Johannesburg, and at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, both of which he described as fruitful engagements.In concluding, he said that Jamaica was honoured to have been entrusted to serve as Chair and gave his commitment to continue working to deliver prosperity for the region.
Florentino Perez 1 Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has denied the club are planning a move to make Jose Mourinho their next manager.Mourinho had three years in charge at the Bernabeu before leaving in 2013 and returning to England for a second spell in charge of Chelsea.But after Mourinho departed Chelsea on Thursday, leaving last season’s Premier League champions just a point outside the relegation zone, the Madrid connection has been again raised.Asked about Mourinho in an interview with Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, Perez said: “Nobody can predict the future but right now he is not going to come to Madrid.”With Rafael Benitez at the helm, Madrid have struggled lately and stand five points behind co-leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the Primera Division.“Benitez is capable of solving the problems we have,” said Perez. “That’s the only option we’re considering.“We have very good memories of Mourinho, he raised our competitive level (when he was manager).”