TOI ET MOI: Power players Dr. Peter Phillips and Christine Lagarde have a lot to talk about.
Never mind that she's the single most powerful woman in global finance, Christine Lagarde played the charmed, gracious guest to full tilt inside the Norman International Airport in Kingston Thursday evening, lending a keen ear to finance and planning minister, Dr. Peter Phillips.
Phillips led a welcoming party to greet the IMF boss (she's been the Fund's Managing Director since July 2011), who'd just jetted into the island for a three-day working visit. Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, Brian Winter, and state minister Arnoldo Brown were also on hand.
To say the least, Christine Lagarde's presence in Jamaica at this time is very meaningful.
Though the formidable Frenchwoman's working visit will be chiefly centred on talks concerning Jamaica's perpetually headline-making involvement with the International Monetary Fund, her weekend-long itinerary features a lecture at the UWI Mona Campus; a Jamaica House courtesy call on Pm Portia Simpson-Miller; a tour of the HEART College of Construction Services in Portmore, and gracing a women's leadership breakfast at the Terra Nova.