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Ja must advance technical training for development says Phillips

PNP HEADQUARTERS | 2018-10-18 15:09:00

People's National Party (PNP) President and Opposition Leader, Dr.  Peter Phillips, in recognition of  the 60th anniversary of the University of Technology, formerly the College of Arts, Science, and Technology (CAST), said Jamaica must move to increase access to technical education with relevance to advancing national and global development.
Dr Phillips made the observation as he toured a new ultra-modern technical institution in Zhenjiang, along the eastern border of the People’s Republic of  China. 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 aluminum was also on display on a tour of the plant of the Chinese aluminum giant  Jiquan Iron and Steel (JISCO).
Discussions with the leadership of JISCO in China included plans to further develop the  ALPART facility in St Elizabeth.

At the same time, “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 is accompanied by Shadow Minister of Mining and Energy, Mr Phillip Paulwell.  The delegation returns to the island on Thursday.



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