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PM heads to Summit of the Americas

Published:Friday | April 10, 2015 | 4:45 PM
Portia Simpson Miller

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is to lead Jamaica’s delegation to the Seventh Summit of the Americas being held in Panama City, Panama today and tomorrow.

Simpson Miller, who leaves the island today, is to return on April 12.

She is to be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator A.J. Nicholson, Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Onika Miller and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ambassador Paul Robotham.

Delegations of 35 nations from North, Central and South America are gathering in Panama for what is being billed as a 'historic' Summit of the Americas.

The eyes of the world are on this year’s summit because of a historic meeting between US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro.

This is the first time the two leaders will meet formally.

A formal meeting between Obama and Castro at the annual gathering of Western Hemisphere nations would be the highest level of interaction between the U.S. and Cuba in more than half a century.

At Summits of the Americas Heads of State and Government of the member states of the Western Hemisphere discuss common policy issues, affirm shared values and commit to concerted actions at the national and regional level to address continuing and new challenges faced by countries in the Americas.