JIS News

President of the Republic of Venezuela, H.E. Hugo Chavez Frias, arrived in the island at 3:40 p.m. today, for a one-day working visit.
On arrival at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, President Chavez and his 135-member delegation were met by a government team led by Commerce, Science and Technology Minister, Phillip Paulwell and included Custos of St. James, Clarence Nelson; Deputy Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Cecil Davis; and Jamaica Tourist Board Manager, Clive Taft.
He was then transported to the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Rose Hall, where he was greeted by Prime Minister P.J. Patterson; Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, K.D. Knight; Industry and Tourism Minister, Aloun Ndombet Assamba; Development Minister, Dr. Paul Robertson and other government officials.
The leaders and their delegations are expected to engage in formal discussions on a number of bilateral issues covering education, tourism co-operation, disaster management, science and technology and culture. The talks will also explore the possibility for the early convening of the Jamaica/Venezuela Binational Commission, established to deepen co-operation initiatives.
The highlight of the visit will be the finalization of a bilateral agreement, under the PetroCaribe Accord on Energy Co-operation. The leaders will also sign a Joint Communiqu