JIS News

President of the Republic of Venezuela, H.E. Hugo Chavez Frias, will arrive in the island at noon today (Aug.23) for a one-day working visit. The President last visited in July 1999.
On arrival at the Sangster International Airport, President Chavez and his 17-member delegation will be met by a Commerce, Science and Technology Minister, Phillip Paulwell; include Minister of State for National Security, Derrick Kellier; Mayor for Montego Bay, Noel Donaldson and Custos of St. James, Clarence Nelson.
He will then be transported to the Ritz Carlton Hotel for private meetings with Prime Minister P. J. Patterson.
The leaders will later lead their delegations in formal discussions on a number of bilateral issues covering education, tourism cooperation, disaster management, science and technology and culture. The talks will also explore the possibility for the early convening of the Jamaica/Venezuela Bi national Commission, established to deepen cooperation initiatives.
The highlight of the visit will be the finalization of a bilateral agreement, under the PetroCaribe Accord on Energy Cooperation. The leaders will also sign a Joint Communique, which will be followed by a press conference.
The PetroCaribe Agreement will assist the region in meeting its energy needs and follows the signing of a framework agreement on June 29 in Venezuela. Other Caribbean countries party to the agreement will overtime, sign bilateral pacts.
Prime Minister Patterson will host a luncheon in honour of Mr.Chavez, who departs the island on Tuesday evening.