- Jamaica’s Ambassador to Brazil, Her Excellency Alison Stone Roofe, presented credentials as Jamaica’s first non-resident Ambassador to Paraguay.
- Mrs. Stone Roofe was among eight ambassadors who presented credentials to the Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes.
- The Ambassador took the opportunity to meet with private sector officials notably the President of the Union Industrial Paraguaya.
History was quietly created a few days before the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, when Jamaica’s Ambassador to Brazil, Her Excellency Alison Stone Roofe, presented credentials as Jamaica’s first non-resident Ambassador to Paraguay.
Mrs. Stone Roofe was among eight ambassadors including those from Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago who presented credentials to the Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes at the Palacio de los López, in the capital, Asunción on June 10.
Amidst the World Cup fervor that has gripped the entire continent of South America including Paraguay, high ranking officials such as Foreign Affairs Minister H.E Ambassador Eladio Loizaga, took time out to hold discussions with Ambassador Stone Roofe on matters relating to the enhancement of relations between Jamaica and Paraguay.
“Discussions focused on deepening collaboration in areas of commerce, culture and investment. The Paraguayans have expertise in agriculture, light manufacturing and the generation of hydroelectric power, which are areas that Jamaica could tap into,” Mrs. Stone Roofe disclosed.
The Ambassador also took the opportunity to meet with private sector officials notably the President of the Union Industrial Paraguaya, with over 1, 300 members largely engaged in manufacturing and agro-industry, with a view to exploring possible increased exchanges on import and export promotion. Out of the discussions emerged an undertaking to look at the possibility of Jamaican exporters utilizing the Paraguay’s popular Trade Fair held every July, to showcase products.
“I was deeply struck by the warmth of the Paraguayan people and the possibilities for real cooperation in distinct and targeted areas and as such I will be imploring the Jamaican private sector to consider such possibilities when marketing their products,” she commented.
While Jamaica has had diplomatic relations with Paraguay since November 1992, the occasion represented a new era in Jamaica-Paraguay relations. Ambassador Roofe also took the opportunity to tour the facilities at the Consulate of Jamaica in Paraguay and to meet with the Honorary Consul, Mr. Marcos Ismachowiez, OBE.