Jamaica is to establish an Embassy in Kuwait City, the capital and largest city of the Arab emirate of Kuwait, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Dr. Kenneth Baugh has announced.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Dr. Kenneth Baugh, makes a point during his presentation in the 2010/11 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (July 13).
Dr. Baugh was making his contribution to the 2010/11 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives at Gordon House, Tuesday, July 13.
He said the move was in keeping with the Government’s commitment to establishing a presence in the Middle East, which has had a significant impact on global affairs, as well as in the evolution of the Jamaican society.
“We have recognised, in particular, the role being played by Gulf States in issues of shipping and logistics, development cooperation, energy and global investment and finance,” he said.
He also noted that, with a combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of over US$1 trillion and control over 40 per cent of the world’s known oil reserves, the influence of the Gulf on global affairs will continue to grow.
Dr. Baugh pointed out that Jamaica began a relationship with Kuwait in 1974, which has been sustained over several decades. He added that the two countries have co-operated on several initiatives at the multilateral level, and have implemented important bilateral co-operation projects.
“Kuwaiti funds have been a valued source of development financing for infrastructure projects, and we anticipate that, with our presence in that country and the wider Gulf region, we will be better able to establish opportunities for collaboration in several areas, especially in trade and investment,” he said.
“Since independence, Jamaica has sought to exercise prudent, carefully-considered and balanced diplomacy,” Dr. Baugh said.
He noted that this has ensured the maintenance of strong relations with countries with which Jamaica has had longstanding ties, while enabling the island to explore “exciting and beneficial relations with new partners in order to enhance our international position and promote growth and development”.
Kuwait is a sovereign Arab emirate situated in the northeast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia.