State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Dr. Ronald Robinson, has expressed appreciation to the Chinese Government and its people, for the support which that country continues to provide to Jamaica in loans, grants, technical assistance and training opportunities.
Of note, he said, is the fact that Jamaica is China’s number one trading partner in the English speaking Caribbean, recording trade transactions of US$291 million between both countries last year.
“Jamaica and China are committed to the promotion of trade and investment between both countries and to this end, we welcome greater participation from our private sectors,” Dr. Robinson said.
Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda, is greeted by Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Jamaica, His Excellency Chen Jinghua, as he arrives for a reception marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, on September 23.
He was speaking at a reception to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, on September 23.
The State Minister noted that Jamaica and China, although distant geographically, share common positions on many global issues, especially those concerning developing countries, and have worked together to advance the Untied Nations Development Agenda and to fulfill commitments to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
In congratulating the Chinese Government, Dr. Robinson highlighted China’s significant achievements, such as major strides in economic reform; aeronautics, and science and technology, which have led to high Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rates, job creation, trade surpluses, and increases in wages.
“China has taken a lead role along with other developed countries in addressing the challenges arising from the current global financial crisis, by actively participating in the various fora established to address the issue, as well as creating its own global stimulus package for developing countries,” Dr. Robinson told the large gathering.
Members of the Chinese community in Jamaica celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, at a reception, which was hosted by Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Jamaica, His Excellency Chen Jinghua, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, on September 23.
In his remarks, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Chen Jinghua, said that despite the severe challenges in the world economy, China saw some positives, with GDP in the first half of this year growing by 7.1 per cent, and 6.66 million new urban jobs created during the first seven months of the year.
“China’s development cannot leave the world, while the prosperity of the world cannot leave China. China will unswervingly pursue a path of peaceful development. This is the strategy the Chinese Government and people have opted for, in keeping with the trend of times and our own fundamental interests,” he stated.
Turning to Jamaica-China relations, Ambassador Chen noted that 2009 marks a special year for the friendly partnership for common development between both countries. He noted that the recent visit of China’s Vice President, His Excellency Xi Jinping, to Jamaica, had boosted the mutual political trust, economic and trade co-operation, and exchanges between both countries, and set a solid foundation for future co-operation.
“I believe that with the visit of Vice President Xi as a driving force, China and Jamaica will work more closely to push forward our bilateral relations and strengthen our co-ordination and co-operation in international affairs,” he said.
The reception, which was held under the patronage of Ambassador Chen, was attended by members of the Diplomatic Corps, Ministers of Government and other state officials, as well as members of the Chinese community in Jamaica.