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Phillips: JA must advance technical training for development

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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BEIJING, China — President of Jamaica's People's National Party (PNP) and leader of the parliamentary Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips, said Jamaica must move to increase access to technical education with relevance to advancing national and global development.

The call was made by Phillips in recognition of the 60th anniversary of the University of Technology, Jamaica, formerly the College of Arts, Science, and Technology (CAST).

Dr Phillips, who is on an official visit to China, was touring a new ultra-modern technical institution in Zhenjiang, along the eastern border of the country. He said the high-tech institution in Zhenjiang offers the ultimate in technical education and training, and forecasting the application of such training to the needs of the society and the wider world.

He said Jamaica, based on its prime location and vast potential, is poised to become a major contributor to the advancing world of technology and that more avenues for training must be explored.

Significantly advanced technology in the processing of aluminium was also on display on a tour of the plant of the Chinese aluminium giant Jiquan Iron and Steel (JISCO).

The PNP leader held discussions with the leadership of JISCO in China, including plans by the company to further develop the ALPART facility in St Elizabeth.

“The leadership of JISCO expressed appreciation for the efforts of previous administrations in facilitating their entry into Jamaica and asked for the continued support of the Jamaican people,” Dr Phillips said.

The Opposition leader was accompanied on the tour by by shadow minister of mining and energy, Phillip Paulwell. The delegation returns to the island on Thursday.

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