Thursday 5 December, 2019

US Congresswoman says Holness reminds her of Obama, admires PM's 'realistic approach'

A leading United States Congresswoman has reportedly hailed Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness for his "aspirations" and what she describes as his "realistic approach" to attaining his goals.

Carolyn B Maloney (Dem- NY), a senior member of the US Congress, met with Holness recently to discuss Jamaica/US relations at the Kimberly Hotel in Manhattan, New York, which incidentally forms part of her congressional district.

Maloney is a key member of the House Financial Services Committee, which has oversight of the US Treasury, and significant influence with the IMF. She is also no stranger to Jamaica, having been a resident in St James for over four decades.

According to a Government press release, Holness  and Maloney discussed bi-lateral trade opportunities, and the efforts of Jamaica to diversify its energy sources. The Jamaican Prime Minister also took the opportunity to ask for US congressional support with his HIMIC initiatives (High Indebtedness Middle Income Countries), which would address deep economic challenges facing affected nations like Jamaica and bring Jamaica-US trade relations even closer together.

Holness  and Congresswoman Maloney also reportedly spoke to the planned opening of the new FBI office in Kingston in continuing efforts to combat organized crime activities.

 At the conclusion of the meeting, Maloney said she was impressed by the attitude of Holness.

"It was my first meeting with Prime Minister Holness. I admire his aspirations for Jamaica and his realistic approach. He reminds me of a President-elect Barack Obama eight years ago- very charismatic and real. The US and Jamaica have had an excellent trade relationship for many years; I will do everything I can to make it stronger," Maloney was quoted as saying in the press release.

Maloney is recognized as a national leader with extensive accomplishments on financial services, national security, the economy, and women’s issues. She is a senior member of both the House Financial Services Committee (where she serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Capital Markets) and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and the Ranking House member of the Joint Economic Committee.

She was the first woman to Chair the Joint Economic Committee, a House and Senate panel that examines and addresses the nation’s most pressing economic issues.

FEATURED PHOTO: Prime Minister Andrew Holness (2nd r) and Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith discuss a point with United States Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (2nd l) at a breakfast meeting at the Kimberly Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, New York City on Saturday September 24. Ambassador Nigel Clarke (r), Delano Seiveright, Senior Advisor to Tourism and Whitney deLisser Fausnaught of Bloomberg L.P. are also seen here in the discussion. Ambassador designate for Jamaica to the United States, Audrey Marks was also part of the discussion. (INSET: Carolyn Maloney)

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