Mr. Pence said he and President Donald J. Trump welcomed the bold action taken by those countries. Story Highlights United States Vice President, Michael Pence, has hailed Jamaica and other countries in the Americas for pursuing economic reforms, and for their positive approach to growth.“Let me thank the many countries that have demonstrated courage to pursue economic reforms to empower job creation, innovators and citizens alike, from Argentina to Jamaica,” he said, as he addressed a Protocolary Meeting at the Organization of American States headquarters in Washington DC on May 7.Mr. Pence said he and President Donald J. Trump welcomed the bold action taken by those countries.“We look forward to expanding our ties of commerce and exchanges for generation to come,” he added.Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the OAS, Her Excellency Audrey P. Marks, was also on hand at this special sitting of the OAS Permanent Council, called in the US Vice President’s honour.“The United States has remained committed to working with our allies and partners to ensure the safety and security of our people across the hemisphere,” he told the Permanent Council, the second highest decision-making body of the OAS after the General Assembly.Mr. Pence said that since its inception, the OAS has played a critical role is strengthening security partnership across the wider region.The Vice President said there are tremendous opportunities to forge stronger trade relationships with countries in the hemisphere, and, over the past year, his country had successfully expanded access for vital agricultural products. United States Vice President, Michael Pence, has hailed Jamaica and other countries in the Americas for pursuing economic reforms, and for their positive approach to growth.
Shillong: Meghalaya Tourism and Water Resources Minister Metbah Lyngdoh on Tuesday tendered his resignation to contest the election for the Assembly Speaker’s post. Lyngdoh, a senior United Democratic Party (UDP) leader and a three-time legislator, also filed his nomination papers for the election. He was accompanied by the Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, ministers and MLAs during the filing of nominations. The Opposition candidate, Winnerson D. Sangma of the Congress, was also accompanied by a host of Congress legislators when he filed his nominations. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The election was necessitated following the demise of Assembly Speaker, Donkupar Roy on July 28. Roy, who was the President of the UDP, was elected to the post of Speaker on March 12, 2018. The election of new Speaker will be held on September 13, the last day of the Assembly’s autumn session. “With the support of colleagues in the MDA, there’s no doubt why I should not win the Speaker’s election,” Lyngdoh said. In the 60-member Assembly with an effective strength of 59, the National People’s Party, which leads the coalition government, has 21 members, the United Democratic Party has eight, People’s Democratic Front four, there are two members each from Bharatiya Janata Party and Hill State People’s Party, one member each from Nationalist Congress Party and Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement besides one independent member. Going by the numbers,Lyngdoh is expected to comfortable defeat Sangma as the MDA government has a total of 40 MLAs. However, Leader of Opposition, Mukul Sangma voiced confidence that the opposition candidate may win the election. “Though the Congress has only 19 MLAs, but the Opposition has put up the candidate to win the election. Politics is like a game of chess,” he said.