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Jamaica and Malaysia are to explore opportunities for the supply of liquefied natural gas and offshore petroleum exploration. This was announced by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller at a press conference held at Jamaica House on Tuesday (May 2), following talks with Prime Minister Abdullah of Malaysia. The Malaysian Prime Minister is on a two-day official visit to Jamaica.
Mrs. Simpson Miller said that both countries have agreed to the promotion and implementation of specific programmes aimed at fostering closer bilateral relations in the areas of trade and investment, science and technology, education and social development.
She said this was in keeping with an agreement to strengthen and advance diplomatic relations between both countries, with the primary objective of raising the level of cooperation through the development of a strategic bilateral partnership. Other areas identified for cooperation include infrastructure development, agriculture and sports.
Cooperation between Jamaica and Malaysia has been on going in the area of infrastructure development and construction services. Malaysia has provided Jamaica with technical assistance in the construction of Highway 2000, as well as construction services in the implementation of the National Housing Trust’s Inner City Housing Project.
Collaboration in the agriculture sector will include efforts to combat the lethal yellowing disease affecting the Jamaican coconut industry and is to involve the procurement of germ plasma from Malaysia for the replanting of trees and rehabilitation of the industry. In the area of sports, both countries are to conclude a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in track and field, netball and badminton. Jamaica will provide training in track and field and netball, while Malaysia will reciprocate with training in badminton.
With regards to the international agenda, Mrs. Simpson Miller said Jamaica and Malaysia have reaffirmed their shared views on a variety of issues at the multilateral level, which underpin their strong adherence to democratic values, the principles of multilateralism and South-South cooperation. Both Jamaica and Malaysia are members of Commonwealth, the Non-aligned Movement, the Group of 77 and China and the G15.
Prime Minister Simpson Miller said Jamaica and Malaysia will continue to work within the G15 to promote the interests of developing countries and break the vicious cycle between poverty and marginalization.
Following the bilateral talks on Tuesday, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller hosted the Malaysian Prime Minister at a dinner held at Vale Royal.
On Wednesday (May 3), Prime Minister Abdullah will pay a courtesy call on Governor General the Most Hon. Professor Kenneth Hall. He is also expected to meet with the Leader of the Opposition and tour a section of Highway 2000. He will later address a luncheon hosted by the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica.