Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, along with Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr Kenneth Baugh, and Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Karl Samuda, this morning (Oct 13) met with a delegation from the United Kingdom’s (UK) Department for International Development (DFID) at Jamaica House.
The delegation was led by the UK’s Minister of State for Trade and Development, Gareth Thomas and included Britain’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Jeremy Cresswell. The DFID is the part of the UK Government which manages Britain’s aid to developing countries. Its work is focussed on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) – the United Nations’ targets for fighting poverty that must be met by 2015.
Prime Minister Bruce Golding (3rd L) seen here meeting with representatives of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) at Jamaica House this morning (Oct 13). The UK delegation was led by the Minister for Trade and Development, Gareth Thomas (3rd from R). The DFID works with charities, international organisations and the governments of developing countries to find lasting solutions to the global problem of poverty. Participating in the meetings with PM Golding were (L) Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ambassador Gail Mathurin, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr. Ken Baugh, and Minister of Industry, Investment & Commerce Karl Samuda (4th L). At right is British High Commissioner, Jeremy Cresswell and other members of the DFID delegation.
Prime Minister Golding took the opportunity to discuss and update the DFID on a number of areas of concern to Jamaica and the region. These included issues such as the impact of the global financial crisis on Jamaica and the wider Caribbean, the issue of deportation, the proposed Economic Partnership Agreement, due to be signed on Wednesday, the future of CARICOM, climate changes, Jamaica’s HIV/AIDS status, and Jamaica’s energy situation.
The DFID has committed to collaborate with the Government of Jamaica, in providing assistance where possible in keeping with its mandate to find lasting solutions to the global problem of poverty.