JIS News

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr. Kenneth Baugh, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Colombia, Dr. Jaime Bermudez Merizalde, today (November 4), signed an agreement on exploration activities in the Joint Regime Area, established by the Maritime Delimitation, Treaty between Jamaica and Colombia.
The agreement, which was signed at the closing ceremony of the Sixth Meeting of the Jamaica/Colombia Bi-national Neighbourhood Commission, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, in Kingston provides for collaboration in the exchange of information on hydrocarbons (oil and gas), and possible joint explorations.
“The decision therefore, to collaborate with Colombia in this area, will support the efforts of the Government of Jamaica, to secure the country’s long term energy security and diversify its energy resources,” Dr. Baugh said.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), on a Teacher Exchange Programme, which will provide a framework to facilitate the implementation of an exchange programme for teachers from both countries, was also signed by both Ministers.
The Teacher Exchange Programme, is aimed at improving the language proficiency and experiences of Jamaican teachers of Spanish, and Colombian teachers of English.
In addition, both countries signed the final act of the Sixth Meeting of the Jamaica/Colombia Bi-national Neighbourhood Commission, which records the fact that the meeting was held in Kingston from November 3-4, 2008. Also, a Joint Communiqu