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Yearbook 2019

Jamaica. In January, Prime Minister Andrew Holness gave a speech promising that the Alternative Development Program (ADP) would begin during the year. According to CountryAAH, the program aims to help small-scale cannabis growers transition from illegal to legal cultivation. This will be done, among other things, by becoming licensed suppliers to the emerging industry that produces cannabis for medical use.

2019 Jamaica

In November, Holness made a state visit to China, where he met with both President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang. During the visit, an agreement was reached on a new strategic framework for cooperation between the countries. Increased trade will be the focus, especially exports from Jamaica to China. Among other things, the already started export of live lobster should be supplemented with a permit to export frozen lobster. The Jamaican government's pledge to reduce government debt meant that new loans were not on the tap, which will affect future infrastructure projects.

At the end of May, one of the country's heaviest politicians, Edward Seaga, passed away. Seaga, who represented Liberal Jamaica's workers' party, was prime minister in 1980-89 and opposition leader in 1974-80 and 1989-2005.

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