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 Public Relations and Media Affairs Unit, 21 Dominica Drive

Kingston 5, Jamaica W. I.

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KINGSTON — The Jamaica/China Relationship is set to experience another boost with the upcoming Official Visit of the Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Hui Liangyu to Jamaica, from Sunday September 18 to Wednesday September 21.

While here, the Vice Premier will meet with the Governor General, the Prime Minister and other members of the Cabinet and other senior Government officials.

It is also expected that two separate agreements for grants valued jointly at RMB 21 Million, as well as an MoU on agricultural cooperation will be signed during the visit.

Generally, it is expected that this visit will further enhance the friendly partnership for common development between China and Jamaica.

Vibrant relationship

This is the first Official High Level visit to Jamaica, since the visit of China’s Vice President, His Excellency Xi Jinping from February 11-14, 2009.

Also, in March 2008 a team of Chinese officials visited Jamaica on the invitation of the Ministry of Water and Housing, and in January 2008, Jamaica hosted officials from China’s Ministry of Commerce, and in September 2007 the country hosted China’s Vice Premier.

On the Jamaican side, several Official Delegations have visited China in the last four years. The most important of which was the one headed by Prime Minister Bruce Golding in February, 2010. This was Mr. Golding’s first Official visit to China.

It was also just this week Monday, (September 12) that Prime Minister Golding met with Vice Premier, His Excellency Wang Qishan, who led a large delegation to the third China-Caribbean Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum in Trinidad & Tobago.(China has several Vice Premiers.)

Having established diplomatic relations in November 1972, both countries have a vibrant bilateral relationship with an existing strong technical cooperation programme on, but not exclusive to: infrastructural upgrade; agriculture; education; tourism and sports.

Importantly also, discussions have already begun between both countries on an Air Services Agreement.

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Ann-Margaret Lim, 564-4241

September 14, 2011

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