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Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Holness, discusses trade matters with Minister Kamina Johnson Smith, at a meeting with members of the External Trade Negotiations Committee of CARICOM, at the Regional Heads of Government meeting in Montego Bay.
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Story Highlights

  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade continued to facilitate bilateral relations with several countries, which resulted in Jamaica securing increased social, economic and technical assistance.
  • • The Governments of Jamaica and China signed a grant agreement for US$36.16 million (250 million RMB Yuan) to construct the Western Children’s Hospital in St. James and to assist with other growth and development projects.
  • • US$4.5-million Child Protection Compact Partnership between Jamaica and the United States.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade continued to facilitate bilateral relations with several countries, which resulted in Jamaica securing increased social, economic and technical assistance.

Bilateral Agreements
• The Governments of Jamaica and China signed a grant agreement for US$36.16 million (250 million RMB Yuan) to construct the Western Children’s Hospital in St. James and to assist with other growth and development projects.

• US$4.5-million Child Protection Compact Partnership between Jamaica and the United States.

• Cooperation established between Canada and Jamaica in the areas of climate resilience and risk, water and forestry management, development, urban planning, and agriculture.

• Cooperation with Mexico intensified in the areas of energy security, coastal patrolling and the banking sector.

• Continued engagement with Singapore towards establishing Special Economic Zones.

• Formalisation of the visa waiver to Russia on the basis of reciprocity, thereby providing visa-free entry for Jamaican nationals.

• Visa waiver granted to Jamaicans to travel to Namibia for business and tourism purposes.

• Business relations between Jamaica and Spain expanded to include agriculture, energy and logistics.

 

Diaspora Engagement

• Revision of Diaspora Advisory Board engagement framework.

• State Minister, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., participated in the 6th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora UK Conference and Town Hall meetings in Leeds.

• Consular Affairs Department, in partnership with the British High Commission in Kingston and other partners, treated with 29 reported Windrush cases.

• Returning Residents Task Force established involving critical stakeholdres, such as the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Ministry of National Security and Jamaica Customs Agency.

• The publication of A Safety and Security Handbook for returning residents.

• The Ministry, with the assistance of the Jamaica Defence Force, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Ministry of Health and Colombian Authorities, secured the safe return of 28 fishermen whose vessel was engulfed by fire in Colombian waters.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., delivers Jamaica’s statement to the 24th Session of the General Assembly of the International Seabed Authority at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston.

 

CARICOM
• Prime Ministerial Subcommittee meeting on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) was held in September.

• Staging of the 39th regular meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government in July to discuss key agenda items such as crime and security strategy, disaster management and climate change, and implementation of the CSME.

 

Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, represented CARICOM at the G20 Foreign Ministers meeting in Argentina.

International Appointments

• Jamaica assumed presidency of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Council of Ministers in February 2018.
• Jamaica was elected to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (UNECOSC) for the three-year term 2019-2021.

• Jamaica was re-elected to the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) for the period 2019-2022.