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  • Mrs. Simpson Miller commended the EU for its commitment to global development and to the Caribbean region.
  • She also expressed appreciation for the EU support to Jamaica over the years through funding of programmes for poverty eradication, agriculture and security.
  • Mrs. Simpson Miller also reiterated her views on the threat posed by human trafficking and lobbied for more international attention to be placed on the problem.

The importance of relations between the Caribbean and the European Union (EU) was highlighted during a meeting between Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller and President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso in Brussels.

The meeting with President Barroso was the first of two held with EU officials, while Mrs. Simpson Miller was on a two-day visit to Brussels, Belgium last week, where she also addressed the European Development Days and delivered the keynote address at the Women In Parliaments Global Forum in the European Parliament. The other was with EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs.

Mrs. Simpson Miller commended the EU for its commitment to global development and to the Caribbean region, which was most recently reflected in a billion Euro grant under the European Development Fund over the next seven years.

Announced in September, the grant is to help the most vulnerable countries in the region that are struggling to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS). Haiti will receive approximately 40 per cent of these funds.

She also expressed appreciation for the EU support to Jamaica over the years through funding of programmes for poverty eradication, agriculture and security and provided the EU head with an update on some of the programmes.

The Prime Minister stressed Jamaica’s unwavering commitment to its national programmes geared towards economic growth and development and job creation.

Mrs. Simpson Miller also reiterated her views on the threat posed by human trafficking and lobbied for more international attention to be placed on the problem.

For his part, President Barroso acknowledged Jamaica’s effort in fighting poverty, noting that the country’s experience can be shared with others. Both leaders also addressed matters surrounding climate change in particular the outcomes of the recently held climate change conference in Warsaw, Poland.

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