JO - PM on official business in Washington DC
PM on official business in Washington DC
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller left the island Saturday for Washington DC where she will be a featured speaker at a conference to launch the Building Opportunity for the Majority initiative organised by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and hold talks with World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, as well as meet with members of the Jamaican Diaspora.
Former United States President Bill Clinton, development economist Hernando de Soto and technology innovator Nicholas Negroponte are among the keynote speakers scheduled to address the Washington conference, which opened yesterday.
The new initiative by the IDB seeks to promote economic opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Under the programme, the IDB will partner with the private sector and civil society to bring the benefits of economic progress to persons living below or just above the poverty line.
The Inter-American Development Bank is a key development partner with Jamaica and has provided funding for a number of economic, infrastructure development and educational projects.
Prime Minister Simpson Miller returns to the island on Wednesday. During her absence Robert Pickersgill, the minister of housing, water, transport and Works, will be in charge of the government.