The negotiating efforts of the region have been boosted with a US$20,000 donation to the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM) by the Chinese government.
Director General of the CRNM, Ambassador Bernal, who received the cheque from China’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Zhao Zhenyu yesterday (Jan.26) during a courtesy call at the embassy in Kingston, informed JIS News that the donation would assist the agency as it moved into more complex and detailed negotiations in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the European Union, for an economic partnership agreement. “I think this donation is important because it will assist us at this time but also it is a symbol of a deepening relationship between Jamaica and the Caribbean,” he said, noting that the benefits from the negotiations would redound to the entire region.
In reference to the Chinese proverb that says ‘a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step,’ Ambassador Bernal said, “today we make the first step and I am sure we are going to journey together as we try to improve the terms and condition under which the Caribbean can participate in global trade, so it is timely and significant and I appreciate it on behalf of the member states of the CRNM.”
Ambassador Zhao Zhenyu, in his reply, emphasized his willingness to foster even better relations between China and the Caribbean, while noting the importance of the CRNM in the development of the region. “We do hope that the relationship with China and CARICOM will get better and better,” he stated.