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  • The Prime Minister celebrated the outcome of her first visit to the Asian country.
  • According to the signed agreement, the countries will co-operate on energy conservation and renewable energy and mineral resources development.
  • Mrs. Simpson Miller also invited Japanese investors to Jamaica.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, ended a successful three-day working visit to Japan on Friday, November 8, during which she signed a joint declaration with her Japanese counterpart, His Excellency Shinzo Abe, for the strengthening of bilateral relations between the two countries.

Addressing a reception hosted by the Jamaican Embassy in Tokyo, on November 7, the Prime Minister celebrated the outcome of her first visit to the Asian country.

“Our collaboration has translated into a number of projects and programmes in the areas of trade, economic and technical co-operation. These programmes have complemented our national development goals, bringing significant benefits to the peoples of Jamaica and Japan,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.

According to the signed agreement, the countries will seek to co-operate in areas such as energy conservation and renewable energy and mineral resources development. They also “recognized the importance of promoting dialogue for improving business environments and expanding investment opportunities in a diverse range of sectors.” The agreement also covers the strengthening of co-operation on Caribbean and global issues.

During the visit, the Japanese Prime Minister acknowledged the important relationship between the two countries.  “Jamaica is an important partner with which we have enjoyed an amicable and co-operative relationship over the years as we both are maritime states sharing the fundamental values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” he said.

He also noted that his country is looking to promote further co-operation with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the development of bilateral relationships with Jamaica through politics, the economy, human exchange, sports and tourism.

In the meantime, Mrs. Simpson Miller also invited Japanese investors to Jamaica during her trip, sharing with them the myriad of investment opportunities available locally.

The Prime Minister promoted Jamaican coffee and tourism during her meetings with Ueshima Coffee Company and the Japan Association of Travel Agents.

She concluded her visit by participating in a Latin American and Caribbean Business forum that was staged by the Japanese Government and the Inter-American Development Bank.

While in Japan, she also called on His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino, and met with the President of the Japan Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell; Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Onika Miller; and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ambassador Paul Robotham.