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  • Senator the Honourable Arnold J. Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, will lead Jamaica’s delegation to the Fourth CARICOM-Japan Ministerial Meeting, to be held from 14th to 15th November 2014 in Tokyo, Japan.
  • The Jamaican delegation will also include H.E. Ricardo Allicock, Ambassador of Jamaica to Japan and Mrs. Angella Comfort, Director for Caribbean and the Americas in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.
  • The Meeting falls within the context of the commemorative events to mark the CARICOM-Japan Friendship Year, as CARICOM and Japan celebrate their Twentieth Anniversary of relations in 2014.

Senator the Honourable Arnold J. Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, will lead Jamaica’s delegation to the Fourth CARICOM-Japan Ministerial Meeting, to be held from 14th to 15th November 2014 in Tokyo, Japan.

The Jamaican delegation will also include H.E. Ricardo Allicock, Ambassador of Jamaica to Japan and Mrs. Angella Comfort, Director for Caribbean and the Americas in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

The Meeting falls within the context of the commemorative events to mark the CARICOM-Japan Friendship Year, as CARICOM and Japan celebrate their Twentieth Anniversary of relations in 2014. Notably, 2014 also marks the Fiftieth Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Jamaica and Japan.

Discussions will be held on, inter alia, Japan-CARICOM Relations and Cooperation in the International Arena on issues such as Security Council Reform, Climate Change, Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Disaster Risk Reduction, Financing for Development and the Sustainable use of Marine Living Resources.

The Meeting will also issue a Joint Communiqué which will highlight issues such as, the CARICOM-Japan Friendship Year 2014, cultural and people-to-people exchanges, cooperation in tourism, Japan’s hosting of the 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, the vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), climate change and sustainable development, natural disaster risk reduction, renewable energy and energy efficiency, waste management, fisheries, the sustainable use of marine living resources, UN Security Council reform, the Post-2015 Development Agenda, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, and North Korea.

The Government of Japan has also invited five (5) journalists from CARICOM Member States, including Jamaica, to provide coverage of the meeting. Mrs. Donna-Marie Hussey-Stewart, Journalist at the Jamaica Observer, will represent Jamaica in this regard.

Minister Nicholson will depart on Tuesday, 11th November and will return to the island on Saturday, 16th November 2014.