The Government and People of Jamaica take this opportunity, on this special occasion of the 50th anniversary of the United States Peace Corps, to recognise and congratulate the Corps on its outstanding work in the promotion of peace and friendship around the world, and particularly in Jamaica.
As we approach our own milestone – the 50th anniversary of independence in 2012 – we recall our formal engagement with the Peace Corps on 22 February 1962. Our then Premier, Norman Washington Manley had signed the agreement, that would provide the basis for Peace Corps’ activities in Jamaica, with the Government of the United States of America.
Just weeks before our independence, we welcomed the first group of 37 volunteers in Jamaica on 12 June, 1962. These were dedicated men and women working in such varied fields as agriculture, vocational education, construction and plumbing.
Today, the work of the Peace Corps in Jamaica remains vibrant, and the number of volunteers has grown, as have the many areas in which it is engaged – with over 70 committed persons of various ages serving in many communities.
We applaud the work of the United States Peace Corps in Jamaica and look forward to the maintenance of our constructive and fruitful partnership in the years to come.
Issued by: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade