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The Governments of Jamaica and China have signed a number of agreements covering the areas of agriculture, finance, education and infrastructural development, with the visit of the Vice President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping.
The Chinese Vice President arrived in the island Wednesday February 11 for a four-day official visit from. He was met at the Norman Manley International airport by Prime Minister Bruce Golding and other Government Officials, as well as members of the Chinese business community.
The Vice President is participating in a very hectic schedule of activities, which has included a courtesy call on the Governor General, Sir Kenneth Hall, and meetings with the President of the Senate, Oswald Harding and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Delroy Chuck. He has also met the staff of the Chinese Embassy and representatives of Chinese companies in Jamaica.
Mr. Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Golding have held discussions at Jamaica House on bilateral and multilateral issues, signed agreements, and held a press briefing. Other activities will include meeting with the Leader of the Opposition, Portia Simpson Miller and attending a dinner hosted by the Prime Minister.
Mr. Jinping will also meet with the Principal of the Mona Campus, University of the West Indies, where a presentation of a plaque for the Confucius Institute will take place. In Montego Bay he will meet with Mayor Councillor Charles A. Sinclair, Jr., and will be presented with the Key to the second City.
A highlight of the visit will be the groundbreaking ceremony for the Convention Centre which is being funded by the Government of China.
The Chinese Vice President is to depart Saturday February 14 for an official visit to Colombia.