Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding says Brazil / Jamaica relations are better than ever and he has repeated his continued support of stronger business and cultural relations between both countries.
The Prime Minister gave this assurance on Monday (Aug. 31) during a courtesy call at Jamaica House by Brazilian Senator and leader of the Republican Party, Marcello Crivella and Brazilian Congressman and head of the Brazil/Jamaica Parliamentary Group, George Hilton.
In recent years, the two Governments have been pursuing technical co-operation in the areas of rice and sugar farming and ethanol production. There is now an opportunity to pursue interest in football culture by establishing a television channel that will broadcast Brazilian football matches.
Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding (right), listens while Ambassador of Brazil, Alexandre Ruben Milito Gueiros (2nd left), makes a point during a courtesy call at Jamaica House on Monday, August 31. Brazilian Senator, Marcelo Crivella (2nd right) and leader of the Jamaica/Brazilian Parliamentary Group Brazilian Congressman George Hilton,, also participated in the discussion.
Cabinet is also expected to make a decision on the recommendation that Jamaica join the Rio Group and benefit from developmental projects offered by its 20-member countries in South and Central America.
Mr. Golding informed the Senator that Jamaica was very interested in entering into agreements with Brazilian airlines to use Jamaica as a transit point for travellers between Latin America and Europe. He said that this service would be useful for in-transit travellers, who did not have visas that would allow them to pass through the United States of America.
He said that he was looking forward to the outcome of the Ministerial Meeting of Latin America and the Caribbean on Integration and Development (CALC), which will be held in Montego Bay St. James from November 4-6.
Also participating in the meeting were Ambassador of Brazil, Alexandre Gueiros and Bishop of Jamaica and the Caribbean, Claudio Botelho of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, which is headquartered in Brazil.