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  • Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro will co-chair the 10th Anniversary Commemorative Summit of the PetroCaribe Agreement on Saturday, September 5.
  • Several Heads of Government and State, Energy Ministers and other Ministers of Government will participate in the Summit meeting.
  • The Summit will include a Commemorative Ceremony and a Plenary Session, which will examine the activities and achievements of PetroCaribe over the past decade, while agreeing on decisions going forward.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro will co-chair the 10th Anniversary Commemorative Summit of the PetroCaribe Agreement on Saturday, September 5 in Montego Bay, the city where the Agreement was first signed in 2005. Several Heads of Government and State, Energy Ministers and other Ministers of Government will participate in the Summit meeting. Other high level representatives from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, and the Latin American Energy Organisation are also among those who will participate in the meeting at the Montego Bay Convention Centre (MBCC).

The Summit will include a Commemorative Ceremony and a Plenary Session, which will examine the activities and achievements of PetroCaribe over the past decade, while agreeing on decisions going forward. A cultural reception under the patronage of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will close the Summit activities at the MBCC on Saturday night.

On Sunday, September 6, the date on which South American Liberator and Venezuelan Revolutionary Leader, Simón Bolivar wrote the ‘Carta de Jamaica’, or Letter of Jamaica 200 years ago, Prime Minister Simpson Miller and President Maduro will lead a delegation of Heads of Government and other delegates for the official opening of the Simón Bolivar Cultural Centre in Downtown, Kingston. The Centre is a gift to the Government and people of Jamaica by the Government and people of Venezuela.

The official opening of the Centre, which is in close proximity to the Princess Street building where Simón Bolivar stayed in 1815, is also part of activities marking the 50th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Jamaica and Venezuela. The opening will follow a floral tribute to Bolivar at the statute of the South American liberator located at National Heroes Circle.

Simón Bolivar led the fight for Independence from colonial rule in South and Central America and envisioned the creation of an integrated State in the region.