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  • Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says the relationship with Japan has been dynamic, and one that is cherished.
  • Dr. Phillips pointed out that recently, he signed a Grant Assistance agreement with Ambassador Takase, through which Japan will provide industrial equipment amounting to 100 million yen.
  • Dr. Phillips said Ambassador Takase brought to Jamaica a wealth of experience, which has helped to deepen the relationship between both countries.

Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says the relationship with Japan has been dynamic, and one that is cherished.

“This dynamic relationship was at the centre of the numerous meetings that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller attended during her visit to Japan in November 2013. This kind of deep relationship is not one that happens overnight, but one that, year on year, has seen closer integration in both the economic and cultural spheres,” the Minister said.

“Our multifaceted partnership now covers fields, such as trade and investment, agriculture, disaster prevention, energy and education, in addition to music and language exchanges,” Dr. Phillips added.

The Minister was speaking at a function to honour the outgoing Japanese Ambassador, His Excellency Yasuo Takase, at the Japanese Embassy, in Kingston, on March 5.

Dr. Phillips pointed out that recently, he signed a Grant Assistance agreement with Ambassador Takase, through which Japan will provide industrial equipment amounting to 100 million yen.

This, he said, is not a ‘one-off’ occurrence, as Jamaica has, in the past, benefitted from numerous grants through the Kingston offices of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), especially during Ambassador Takase’s tour of duty. There have been grants to the Sea Island Cotton industry, as well as the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

Dr. Phillips said Ambassador Takase brought to Jamaica a wealth of experience, which has helped to deepen the relationship between both countries.

For his part, Ambassador Takase said he was privileged to have been posted to Jamaica and that he thoroughly enjoyed his stay, the culture and friendship of the people of the island.

He said that based on the deliberations of the leaders of both countries, the Embassy will continue to work closely with, and assist the country, especially in programmes to address challenges posed by natural disasters, climate change and the environment.

“The Embassy will also continue to assist community based projects to bring better education, medical services, emergency response and industrial development, for the benefit of the people of Jamaica,” he pledged.