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  • Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Hon. Keith Rowley, has praised Jamaica on its role as host country of the International Seabed Authority, which serves to protect the region’s marine resources.
  • “Trinidad and Tobago is very satisfied that the Government of Jamaica is providing an enabling environment for the proper conduct of the activities of the only major international organisation to be located in Latin America and the Caribbean,” he said.
  • “We cannot understate the significant contribution of Jamaica in discharging its responsibilities under the (1982 United Nations) Convention (on the Law of the Sea), as well as its undertakings pursuant to the Headquarters Agreement between itself and the Authority as an excellent host,” he said.

Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Hon. Keith Rowley, has praised Jamaica on its role as host country of the International Seabed Authority, which serves to protect the region’s marine resources.

“Trinidad and Tobago is very satisfied that the Government of Jamaica is providing an enabling environment for the proper conduct of the activities of the only major international organisation to be located in Latin America and the Caribbean,” he said.

Prime Minister Rowley was addressing the 22nd Session of the Authority at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, today (July 21).

He further acknowledged that the Authority has been a “very reliable custodian of the seabed and subsoil beyond national jurisdiction, and its resources, which are the common heritage of mankind”.

“We cannot understate the significant contribution of Jamaica in discharging its responsibilities under the (1982 United Nations) Convention (on the Law of the Sea), as well as its undertakings pursuant to the Headquarters Agreement between itself and the Authority as an excellent host,” he said.

Dr. Rowley said he is also cognisant of the tremendous financial and other costs associated with Jamaica’s role as host country of this important institution, despite a very difficult global economic environment.

“For these reasons, Trinidad and Tobago salutes the central role being played by our sister CARICOM Member State to the work of the Authority as well as to the development of the law of the sea in general,” he said.

He further praised the recent work of the organisation aimed at the development of the framework for exploitation of the mineral resources of the area.

“We admire the proactive posture being adopted by the Authority in commencing work on an exploitation code as it readies itself for the time, hopefully in the very near future, where all measures would be in place for the launch of commercial mining of deep seabed minerals, as the volume of land-based sources decline,” he said.

Dr. Rowley also commended the Authority for the work it has done in putting procedures in place for the protection and preservation of the marine environment.

The Prime Minister gave his commitment to “continue to work hand in hand with the Authority and all its members in order to achieve our common objective”.

The International Seabed Authority, which is headquartered at the Jamaica Conference Centre, is an autonomous international organisation established under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 1994 Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the Convention.

The Authority is the organisation through which State Parties to the Convention organise and control activities in the ocean, particularly with a view to administering its resources.

Prime Minister Rowley’s participation in the session formed part of scheduled activities for his official visit to Jamaica, which ended today.