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  • Prime Minister the Most Hon Portia Simpson Miller left the island this morning (March 5) on a one day visit to Venezuela.
  • The importance of the bilateral relations between Jamaica and the Bolivarian Republic includes the initiative taken in 2005 by the late President Chavez in launching the PetroCaribe facility.
  • While off the island, Dr. Hon. Peter Phillips, Minister of Finance and Planning will be in charge of the Government.

Prime Minister the Most Hon Portia Simpson Miller left the island this morning (March 5) on a one day visit to Venezuela, where she will participate in ceremonies to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of the former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The events will include a military parade, a religious service and a cultural programme.

The importance of the bilateral relations between Jamaica and the Bolivarian Republic includes the initiative taken in 2005 by the late President Chavez in launching the PetroCaribe facility, an important provision of which is that loans under the facility can be repaid by way of the export of Jamaican goods and services. The first step in this direction was taken last December when an initial shipment of clinker produced by our local cement company was shipped from Rockfort to Caracas.

The Prime Minister, who is accompanied on the visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Sen. Hon AJ Nicholson, returns to the island this evening. While off the island, Dr. Hon. Peter Phillips, Minister of Finance and Planning will be in charge of the Government.