JIS News

Prime Minister of Canada the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, will address a joint sitting of the Houses of Parliament on Monday (April 20) at 2:10 p.m.
The Prime Minister arrived in the island on Sunday night (April 19) for a two-day working visit.
He travelled to Jamaica by special aircraft from the three-day Summit of the Americas, which ended on April 19 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Hon. Dr. Kenneth Baugh, who also attended the Summit, arrived on the same flight.
They were met at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA), by a high level Government delegation, which included a number of Cabinet Ministers.
During his stay in the island, Prime Minister Harper will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Golding on a range of issues including the global economic crisis, the impending negotiations toward a free trade agreement between CARICOM and Canada, and Canada’s assistance in the implementation of the Justice Reform Programme.
He is also expected to pay courtesy calls on Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Dr. Patrick Allen and the Leader of the Opposition, Portia Simpson Miller.
He will tour the Jamaica Military Air School, which receives funding from the Canadian Government, and will meet with Jamaican/Canadian business leaders at a working luncheon. He will also participate in a signing ceremony for the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) project.
Prime Minister Harper departs the island on Tuesday afternoon (April 21).

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