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.
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