JIS News

President of the Peoples Republic of China, Hu Jintao said that his government would like to work with Jamaica to strengthen cooperation in various fields including politics and the economy for the benefit of both countries.
He was speaking during a meeting with Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, on Thursday (February 4) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.
According to a report from CCTV.com, President Hu Jintao spoke highly about the development of bilateral relations between China and Jamaica since the establishment of diplomatic links 38 years ago.
The report also noted that China and Jamaica are both developing countries that have similar tasks and challenges.
Mr. Golding, for his part, said that Jamaica looked forward to strengthening cooperation with China, and welcomed more investment from Chinese enterprises.
The Prime Minister returns to the island on February 6 after a five-day official visit to China, where he met with the Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao, with whom he held bilateral talks. Courtesy calls were also made on President Hu Jintao and Vice President Xi Jinping.
While in China, the Prime Minister and his delegation held a series of high level meetings, which covered energy, bauxite/alumina, and a range of investment interests.
During one such meeting, Mr. Golding told Chinese investors that his government wants to develop Jamaica as a hub for Chinese commerce and trade with the wider Central and South America countries.
“We are strategically located, sitting mid-point between North and South America. We have the seventh largest natural harbour in the world and we have a port, which we want to develop into an entire complex using the facilities for the trans-shipment, assembly and the break bulking of goods that would come from China for markets in Central, South America and the Caribbean,” the Prime Minister stated.
The Jamaican delegation included Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Dr. Kenneth Baugh; Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda; Transport and Works Minister, Hon. Michael Henry, along with top officials and senior executives from other government agencies.