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PM off to Brussels for EU partnership talks

Published:Sunday | June 7, 2015 | 6:19 PM
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has left the country for Europe where she will join other heads of Government from Latin America and the Caribbean for discussions on the future of European Union's cooperation with the region.

The talks are being held in Brussels, Belgium on June 10 and 11.

The 61 heads of Government will also discuss matters related to international security. The outcome of the discussions will inform the “The Brussels Declaration” and “A Partnership of the Next Generation” agreements.

The EU has been a major investor and trading partner for Latin America and the Caribbean. Jamaica's relationship with the EU spans 40 years. The EU has contributed an estimated J$170 billion in development assistance to the country for projects and programmes ranging agriculture, education, justice reform and tax reform. It more recently supported the Sugar Transformation Programme; the J$1.7 billion Sugar Estates Barracks Relocation Project; the Banana Support Programme and construction of the North-Coast Highway.

Prime Minister Simpson Miller is to be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator AJ Nicholson; permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Onika Miller; permanent secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ambassador Paul Robotham; and manager of Export Development at JAMPRO, Marlene Porter.

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill, will be in charge of Government until Prime Minister Simpson Miller returns on June 13.