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  • Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to Jamaica, Her Excellency Maria Mendoza Ortega, says the ‘Carta de Jamaica’ or Jamaica Letter, written 200 years ago by Venezuelan Liberator, Simón Bolivar, has strengthened ties between both countries.
  • Simon Bolivar played a key role in Latin America’s independence movement against British rule. He was born on July 24, 1783 in Caracas, Venezuela and died at age 47 after a short illness in Santa Marta, Colombia, on December 17, 1830.
  • Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on September 3, the Ambassador noted that Jamaica and Venezuela will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the ‘Carta de Jamaica’ of Simon Bolivar on Sunday, September 6, the date on which the Revolutionary Leader, Simón Bolivar wrote the letter.

Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to Jamaica, Her Excellency Maria Mendoza Ortega, says the ‘Carta de Jamaica’ or Jamaica Letter, written 200 years ago by Venezuelan Liberator, Simón Bolivar, has strengthened ties between both countries.

Simon Bolivar played a key role in Latin America’s independence movement against British rule. He was born on July 24, 1783 in Caracas, Venezuela and died at age 47 after a short illness in Santa Marta, Colombia, on December 17, 1830.

Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on  September 3, the Ambassador  noted that Jamaica and Venezuela will commemorate  the 200th anniversary of the ‘Carta de Jamaica’ of Simon Bolivar on Sunday, September 6, the date on which the Revolutionary Leader, Simón Bolivar wrote the letter.

“This document is very important to us because in this document, Simon Bolivar talked about the integration and unity between Latin American and Caribbean countries. For us it is an inspiration to continue the process of integration that my Government and other governments in the region are leading now,” she said.

The event is one of several activities planned to mark the 10th Anniversary Commemorative Summit of the PetroCaribe Agreement, scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 5, in Montego Bay, St James.

Ambassador Mendoza Ortega said that Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller and President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, will officially open the Simón Bolivar Cultural Centre in downtown Kingston, on Sunday, September 6.

The centre is a gift to the Government and people of Jamaica by the Government and people of Venezuela. It will be managed by the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ).

Executive Director of the IOJ, Anne Marie Bonner, said work is progressing at the Institute to get it “in a state of readiness to start operations.”

She said a summer camp was held at the centre in July, where some 50 children from nearby communities were engaged in Latin dance and exposed to the Latin American culture. “It went very well and they had a very successful concert at the end of the programme,” she said.

Miss Bonner said the centre will follow the principles of Simon Bolivar by integrating the cultures and people, so that they understand the culture of Latin America and the Caribbean.

“We will be undertaking a number of activities, including the teaching of Spanish. We will be promoting cultural exchanges in art and dance, and in music between Jamaica and the Caribbean and Latin American countries,” she added.

In addition to the support the IOJ will be getting from the Venezuelan Embassy, Miss Bonner said that efforts will be made to engage other Latin American embassies, including those from the Bolivarian countries, in putting on various activities at the facility.