Exclusive: Jamaica’s Prime Minister Holness talks Growth.Economy, and Diaspora (Video)

Prime Minisgter Holness

In a recent visit to Atlanta, Georgia, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness was the guest speaker at the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta at its inaugural awards banquet on Saturday, April 20, 2019. His visit included a meeting with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and representatives with the Governor of Georgia Brian Kemp, who proclaimed Saturday, April 20, 2019, Andrew Holness day in Georgia. 

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The Prime Minister’s visit came ahead of the eighth biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, which will take place June 16-20, in Kingston.  According to OPM, the diaspora has been a key partner in working to improve the social and educational needs of Jamaicans through philanthropic and outreach programmes and in promoting the country.

“I believe that if we take an instrumental approach we could be creating more businesses that are mutually beneficial to both Georgia and Jamaica”-Prime Minister Holness 

Holness said the Government is determined to create the social and economic environment that will make Jamaicans in the Diaspora and anyone else anywhere in the world, want to live in Jamaica. Holness implored other Jamaican businesses to expand their reach overseas in order to grow wealth.

“The ultimate goal of Jamaica is to become the place of choice for anyone to live, work, raise their families, do business and retire in paradise,” Prime Minister Holness.


Jamaica’s economy is expected to grow by 1.9 percent this year, and the country has seen positive GDP growth for the last 16 quarters, the longest streak in recent years.

“The business community is re-emerging from many years of being wedded to investing in government paper and government-backed instruments,” PM Holness said. “Now we’re seeing a business class that is understanding the need to be entrepreneurial, to take risks, to calculate and manage risks — and that change is seeing our businesspeople looking outward, not just at the Jamaican economy, but looking to business in North America as well.”

The Prime Minister visit was well received by the Atlanta Caribbean Community. The Jamaican Chamber of Atlanta (JamCham) played host to over 400 attendees at the Inaugural Banquet. The Chairman of the Chamber is Dr. David Panton, with President Mrs. Suzette Arnold, both shared the importance of joining the Chamber.

More information: https://www.jamaicanchamberatlanta.com/ 

PHOTO GALLERY Photo Credit: PWG Images: Phillip Grant and OPM Jamaica