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  • Prime Minister Simpson Miller says the Government has deepened and accelerated its economic diplomacy, in recognition of emerging global challenges.
  • She expressed gratitude for the extensive development assistance from the country’s bilateral and multilateral partners.
  • She insisted that Jamaica will continue to have a strong voice in international affairs under her government.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says the Government has deepened and accelerated its economic diplomacy, in recognition of emerging global challenges.

Mrs. Simpson Miller told the House of Representatives while making her presentation in the 2014/2015 Budget Debate on April 29 that the government “will continue to seek opportunities that maximize our economic potential.”

She expressed gratitude for the extensive development assistance from the country’s bilateral and multilateral partners.

Mrs. Simpson Miller pointed out that for Jamaica to generate sustainable economic development, it is important to deepen and strengthen its relationships with other countries, “be they our closest neighbours or friends in faraway places.”

She insisted that Jamaica will continue to have a strong voice in international affairs under her government, noting that the country has spent a lot of time and effort working closely with its long-standing traditional partners.

She also reported that Jamaica continues to have friendly relations with Venezuela and Cuba; and continues to strengthen the bonds of friendship with the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), countries as well as others on the African Continent.

“Current investment flows are fruits from seeds of solidarity sown decades ago with many countries around the globe. Our close relationship with the United States of America, with Canada, with our European partners, Latin America, the Caribbean of which we are a part, nothing is going to stop Jamaica moving forward and continuing to have close working relationships with foreign countries,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.

She also reiterated the government’s commitment to strong regional development, saying “we will continue to play our part to ensure that we have a dynamic Caribbean Community.”

On the matter of Jamaicans in the Diaspora, Mrs. Simpson Miller reported that the Jamaican Diaspora Conference held in June 2013 was the largest and most successful to date.
“Many of the participants said that they are, once again, proud to be a part of the process of building their homeland, Jamaica. The momentum should not be lost. We must all commit ourselves to making them feel at home again,” she said.