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Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller is scheduled to leave the island today (September 14) for the 14th Summit of the Non Aligned Movement. The meeting is being held in Havana, Cuba, from September 11 to 18.
The Jamaican delegation includes Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Anthony Hylton; Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Patricia Sinclair McCalla; Ambassador to Cuba, Elinor Sherlock; and Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations, Ambassador Raymond Wolfe.
On Friday, Prime Minister Simpson Miller will address the plenary session of the Heads of Government and State. She will also engage in bilateral discussions with Colombia, Namibia, South Africa, and Thailand, as well as meet with Jamaican students studying in Cuba. There are approximately 400 students currently studying in Cuba, under CARICOM and Jamaica/Cuba scholarship programmes.
Heads are expected to address the issue of the NAM’s continued role and relevance as well as matters of international security; disarmament and non-proliferation; the Middle East, with particular reference to Lebanon and Palestine; the situation in Iraq; Iran’s nuclear programme; the United Nations reform; the global development agenda; trade; South-South cooperation, and human rights.
Among the issues of specific relevance to Jamaica that will be highlighted are the global energy situation; global economic governance; security, particularly as it relates to the illicit trafficking in small arms and drugs, and the special security concerns of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). At the last Summit in 2003, Jamaica proposed the establishment of ministerial contact groups with mandates to clarify priority issues for cooperative and joint action together with strategies and approaches that should be followed for pursuing them.
At this week’s Summit, the NAM will officially welcome Haiti and St. Kitts and Nevis as its newest members, thereby making all 14 independent CARICOM states official members. Jamaica formally became a member of the NAM in 1970 and has remained an active and well respected member of the Movement.
The Movement comprises 115 countries representing the interests and priorities of developing states. With its origin in the Asia-Africa Conference held in Bandung, Indonesia in 1955, the NAM is the principal political platform representing the developing world in the multilateral arena.