A news report carried by the Jamaica Observer, says Jamaica's Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda has signalled Jamaica’s dissatisfaction with the current oil pricing systems being used by Trinidad and Tobago.
According to the report, the minister did so while in Georgetown, Guyana, attending the 42nd Regular Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) and the 61st Special COTED Meeting of Trade and Energy Ministers, from April 21-22.
Eighty-two percent of the respondents to an online poll done by the Jamaica Observer has voted in favour of boycotting products from Trinidad and Tobago.
The poll asked, "Should Jamaica boycott products made in Trinidad and Tobago?"
A total of 6,988 responded.
The Observer published the results of the poll this evening, with 82% yes and 18% saying no.
Jamaica's Opposition Leader, Portia Simpson-Miller has joined in rejecting calls for trade restrictions on goods and services from Trinidad and Tobago over the alleged maltreatment of Jamaicans by immigration authorities in Port of Spain, a report in the Jamaica Gleaner says.
According to Simpson Miller, a decision for Jamaica to boycott Trinidadian products or leave CARICOM is not necessary because there can be diplomatic solutions.
Jamaica's Opposition wants the Government to take cases of Jamaicans who have been illegally denied entry to Trinidad and Tobago to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the Jamaica Gleaner is reporting.
The newspaper quotes Opposition spokesman on foreign affairs, Anthony Hylton, as saying the government must show that it is serious about protecting the rights of Jamaicans when they are breached.
Hylton told a news conference that the opposition is alarmed at the recent treatment of Jamaicans who sought to enter Trinidad.
Foreign Affairs Minister Dennis Moses has been holding talks with his Jamaican counterpart regarding immigration issues.
News media in Jamaica have been reporting that Minister Moses spoke with Jamaican Minister Kamina Johnson Smith both yesterday and on Monday.
The talks came amid calls for a boycott of Trinidad and Tobago goods after Jamaican nationals were denied entry to this country.
The Jamaicans also complained that they were treated poorly.
The Jamaican minister says steps are being taken to find a solution at the political level.
The president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) William Mahfood, has joined the calls for a boycott of goods from Trinidad and Tobago.
Mahfood has told the media in Jamaica that it's time for Jamaica to stand up for its rights and refuse Trinidad access to the Jamaican market if it continues to restrict free movement of Jamaican citizens.
He later clarified that he did not call for an outright boycott of Trinidadian goods, but a temporary restriction on some goods.
Jamaica's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade says it notes, with concern, the reports about the alleged ill-treatment of Jamaicans who were recently denied entry to Trinidad and Tobago.
The Ministry says it has not received any formal complaint about the incident.
However, it says Jamaica’s High Commission in Trinidad has brought the media reports to the attention of the Trinidad and Tobago Immigration Department.
The Office of the Prime Minister has announced that former Government Minister and Diego Martin Central MP Dr Amery Browne has been appointed as Ambassador to Brazil, Argentina and three other South American countries.
The Prime Minister's Office has also announced former La Brea MP Fitzgerald Jeffery as the High Commissioner to Jamaica.
The following is the statement from the Office of the Prime Minister: