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  • Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has hailed the international partners for their invaluable contribution to the country’s development.
  • The Governor General was addressing the annual dinner for the Diplomatic Corps, held yesterday (February 12), at King’s House.
  • The Governor-General said while there is “grave concern” over the situations which threaten international peace, security and development, “let us not forget the urgent need to confront the battle for the minds and hearts of our youth”.

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has hailed the international partners for their invaluable contribution to the country’s development.

“The Government and people of Jamaica deeply appreciate the invaluable assistance and cooperative spirit in which our partners support our efforts to build our economy, and improve the quality of life of our people,” Sir Patrick said.

He also expressed gratitude to those countries that supported Jamaica’s elevation to the United Nations (UN) International Civil Service Commission, and the International Court of Justice, noting that, “despite the calibre of candidates that Jamaica presented, we could not have done it without the support of friendly countries”.

The Governor General was addressing the annual dinner for the Diplomatic Corps, held yesterday (February 12), at King’s House.

He urged the international community to make the protection of young people a priority.

The Governor-General said while there is “grave concern” over the situations which threaten international peace, security and development, “let us not forget the urgent need to confront the battle for the minds and hearts of our youth”.

“The technology revolution makes it easier for the tentacles of nefarious organisations to reach them, at a time when families and schools are being weakened as the vehicles for positive values,” he pointed out.

The Governor General also called for increased support to combat Ebola. “There are helpful signs that the epidemic is abating. Thankfully, a vaccine is being tested, and we hope it will be successful, so that nevermore will there be another Ebola epidemic,” he said.

The dinner culminated Diplomatic Week activities from February 8 to 13. The annual week provides for interaction between the Diplomatic Corps and various Government Ministries and agencies, members of civil society and the private sector.

The Governor General said the week is important as it serves to “consolidate” Jamaica’s relations with its international partners.

“It is an important ingredient in the consolidation of our bilateral relations as it offers not just high level briefings, but also time for direct meetings with programme leaders in areas of common interest,” he noted.

 

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