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  • The diplomats will use the week to engage in discussion with Government Ministers and private sector interests.
  • This year’s activities get underway with a service at the Church of the Open Bible, 12 Washington Boulevard, Kingston 20 under the theme: ‘Partnership for Growth’.
  • Eight newly accredited Heads of Missions, who are resident in other capitals, will present their credentials first to Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. A.J. Nicholson.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is preparing to welcome 27 non-resident Heads of Missions for the annual Diplomatic Week celebrations from February 2 to 7.

“I think that is a record number…we look forward to having them along with the resident corps, whom we interface with on a regular basis,” said Director of Protocol in the Ministry, Patricia Evering.

She told JIS News that the diplomats will use the week to engage in discussion with Government Ministers and private sector interests.

“We are busy scheduling appointments on their behalf. That’s the opportunity that they get during this visit, to introduce themselves and to continue areas of cooperation that have been in place, and to explore new areas,” she pointed out.

This year’s activities get underway with a service at the Church of the Open Bible, 12 Washington Boulevard, Kingston 20 under the theme: ‘Partnership for Growth’.

On Monday, February 3, eight newly accredited Heads of Missions, who are resident in other capitals, will present their credentials first to Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. A.J. Nicholson, then to the Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Patrick Allen and Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller.

The diplomatic representatives are from the Commonwealth of Australia; the People’s Republic of Bangladesh; the Republic of Croatia; the Hellenic Republic (Greece); the State of Israel; the Republic of Kazakhstan; the Republic of Mozambique and the Republic of Suriname.

On Tuesday, February 4 and Wednesday, February 5, the diplomats will be addressed by key government officials, including Mrs. Simpson Miller and Mr. Nicholson.

On Thursday, February 6, Minister Nicholson will open the two-day International Trade Expo organised by the Consular Corps at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

The event will provide an opportunity for the exchange of products, services and ideas by bringing together buyers and sellers from Jamaica and other countries.

Later in the evening, the annual Diplomatic Dinner, hosted by their Excellencies Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen, will take place at King’s House.

The week of activities will end on Friday, February 7, with representatives participating in the trade expo, as well as a tour of the Edna Manley School of the Visual and Performing Arts.

Diplomatic Week was introduced in 1998 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and has, through the years, served to highlight the work of diplomats and their contribution to the important cordial bilateral relations that exist between Jamaica and other countries.