Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller (left) and the Prime Minister of Japan, His Excellency Shinzo Abe, shake hands before the start of a bilateral meeting between the two countries, on Sunday, July 27, in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The Japanese Prime Minister is in Trinidad for the first Japan/CARICOM Summit, to be held on Monday, July 28. The Prime Minister and her delegation returned to the island on July 27, while Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, will represent the Government of Jamaica at the Summit.

On July 28th 2014, in the city of Port of Spain of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the first Japan CARICOM Summit was held with the participation of Prime Minister of Japan H.E. Mr. Shinzo ABE and the Leaders of the CARICOM Member States.

The Member States of CARICOM uphold fundamental values such as freedom, respect for basic human rights, peace and democracy and have been making a great contribution to enhance the interests of the international community.

Japan will contribute even more proactively to peace, stability and prosperity of the region and the world from the policy of “Proactive Contributor to Peace” based on the principle of international cooperation.

Japan and CARICOM countries are maritime island nations which, surrounded by the ocean, enjoying its blessings, and regarding the safety of the ocean as the safety of its own, place importance on the maritime order based on the rule of law.

Furthermore, Japan and CARICOM countries are global partners that share common interests, face common challenges and uphold common basic values…READ MORE

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