Advertisement
JIS News

Story Highlights

  • This commitment has been demonstrated through the country’s active participation in a number of regional bodies.
  • The Jamaican Government was happy to have collaborated with the Government of Cuba in hosting the Second Meeting of Ministers of Energy of CELAC.
  • Jamaica will participate in the Second Summit of CELAC scheduled to take place in Havana, Cuba, from January 28 to 29.

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, has lauded Cuba’s commitment towards advancing the process of regionalism and the ideals of regional integration.

This commitment, he said, has been demonstrated through the country’s active participation in a number of regional bodies, such as the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) and Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

“I wish to highly commend the Government of Cuba for its excellent work as Pro Tempore Chair of CELAC, as well as for its efforts in highlighting CARICOM’s interests and concerns during its Chairmanship,” he stated.

Minister Pickersgill was speaking at a reception to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution (National Day), held on January 16, at the Cuban Ambassador’s residence, 23 Millsborough Avenue, Kingston 6.

He stated that the Jamaican Government was happy to have collaborated with the Government of Cuba in hosting the Second Meeting of Ministers of Energy of CELAC, which was held in Montego Bay from October 24 to 25 last year. This important meeting provided the opportunity to discuss issues pertaining to energy security and alternate energy sources in the region, he noted.

Jamaica will participate in the Second Summit of CELAC scheduled to take place in Havana, Cuba, from January 28 to 29.

“Jamaica remains committed to the CELAC process and looks forward to actively participating in the second CELAC Summit and the Ministerial meeting, as well as other associated meetings to be held in Havana later this month, to discuss increased co-operation and address regional issues of mutual concern,” Minister Pickersgill said.

Noting that Jamaica and Cuba have long enjoyed a strong relationship, he said that the ties were further strengthened by a number of ministerial visits to the Spanish-speaking island over the past year.

Visits were made by the Ministers of Education; Tourism and Entertainment; Youth and Culture; National Security; Industry, Investment and Commerce; and Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change.

“These visits serve to expand our mutual beneficial relations and to increase co-operation to advance our social and economic agendas, especially in the areas of climate change, which poses a significant threat to small island developing states such as ours,” Minister Pickersgill informed.

He stated that his visit to Cuba in June last year “resulted in fruitful discussions regarding our bilateral arrangements including climate change.”

In his remarks, Cuba’s new Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Bernardo Guanche Hernandez, said his country is considering ways to improve and deepen relations with Jamaica.

The Ambassador said that Cuba had also taken steps to strengthen the integration of the Latin American and Caribbean states since assuming the Pro Tempore Chair of CELAC last year.

“With CELAC, the Latin America and the Caribbean are moving towards comprehensive integration aimed at promoting sustainable development and encouraging co-operation and solidarity in the region,” Ambassador Hernandez said.

CELAC is a regional bloc of 33 Latin American and Caribbean states, which was formed at the Unity Summit held in Mexico in February 2010.

The organisation aims to unite all of the Latin American and Caribbean states in order to strengthen the political, social and cultural integration of the region, improve its quality of life, stimulate its economic growth, and advance the well-being of all of its people.