Head of FCTC Secretariat to Visit Jamaica

Maia Chung Television News
May 2, 2014

The Head of the Convention Secretariat of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), Dr. Haik Nikogosian is to do an official visit to Jamaica from May 7-9, 2014.

The visit is a follow-up to the recently held high level consultations on tobacco and trade and comes as Jamaica prepares to put in place additional tobacco control legislation in furtherance of its commitment under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

“Tobacco is a developmental issue which has the potential to impact the economy and the labor force as well as the social and legal systems. It is important that we tackle this issue if we want to achieve our National Development Goals outlined in Vision 2030,” stated Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson.

Dr. Ferguson invited Dr. Nikogosian to visit Jamaica to assess the position of the country with respect to tobacco control as well as provide some guidance to our future action in this area, including the issue of the illicit trade in tobacco.

Dr. Nikogosian will be participating in a number of events while in the island including a tobacco stakeholders meeting, a meeting with Government Ministers and Members of Parliament as well as the Ministry of Health Technical team.

He will also be hosting a public lecture titled: “The Politics of Tobacco Control: Challenges and Successes” which will be held at the Undercroft, UWI, Mona.

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Photo Caption: Dr Haik Nikogosian, head of WHO FCTC, addressing delegates during the technical briefing on tobacco control. To his right is WHO Assistant Director-General

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