- On December 18, 2013 Jamaica and Chile will mark 50 years of diplomatic relations.
- Over the many years, both countries have enjoyed an admirable relationship.
- Significant new areas of co-operation in sport are being pursued between both governments.
On December 18, 2013 Jamaica and Chile will mark 50 years of diplomatic relations, celebrating a long and increasingly strengthened friendship and co-operation between both countries.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, said that over the many years, both countries have enjoyed an admirable relationship, sustained by shared principles and a high degree of collaboration and co-operation at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels.
He was addressing a special reception and cultural evening held recently at the official residence of the Chilean Ambassador, His Excellency Eduardo Bonilla, to mark the milestone.
Jamaica, Mr. Brown pointed out, was among the countries which fully supported the Chilean people’s determination to regain their rightful place in the global community of democratic nations.
It was in recognition of that solid support, he stated, that Chile established its first Embassy in the English-speaking Caribbean in Kingston in 1991.
“During this period, the Governments of both our countries have collaborated in a number of areas, including language and diplomatic training, agriculture, security and capacity-building, particularly in foreign trade negotiations,” he stated.
“The strength of our bilateral relations continues to increase as underlined by a number of recent high-level exchanges, including the bilateral talks held between Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller and President Sebastian Piñera, on the margins of the Summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in April of this year, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti,” he noted.
Emanating from that meeting, significant new areas of co-operation in sport are being pursued between both governments.
Other important developments in the partnership include the arrival in Jamaica in January 2011 of the Chilean liner, Companía Sud Americana de Vapores, which has since been making weekly trips to the Port of Kingston from Valparaíso.
This development is a welcomed one, Mr. Brown noted, and is of particular significance in light of the major expansion being undertaken at the port and the push for Jamaica to become a regional trans-shipment hub.
Chile recently donated five computers to the Cockburn Gardens Primary and Junior High School in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations. This is the second such donation of computer equipment to a Jamaican school by the Chilean Government in a little over a year.
The cultural evening included a reading from the work of Chilean Poet Laureate Pablo Neruda, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.