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Holness says Maduro talks 'fruitful'

Published:Sunday | May 22, 2016 | 5:23 PM
President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro (left) with Prime Minister Andrew Holness (centre) and Finance Minister Audley Shaw at Jamaica House. Also in photo is Martha Corbett Baugh, Education Officer for foreign languages Spanish and French in the Ministry of Education - Rudolph Brown Photo

The Office of the Prime Minister has released a statement saying Prime Minister Andrew Holness and the president of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro  had "fruitful" discussions at Jamaica House in a bilateral meeting this morning.

Maduro arrived in Jamaica on Saturday night for a one-day working visit.

"Our discussions were fruitful, and conducted in the spirit of the friendly relations that exist between both countries," Holness said.

He also outlined the following as areas in which there were agreements following deliberations:

1) To improve trade, especially through arrangements under the PetroCaribe Agreement.  This initiative will be led by the honourable Audrey Shaw, Minister of Finance and Public Service

2) An expedited agreement on the Refinery Upgrade Project which is mutually considered to be imperative to the economic development of Jamaica.

3) Strengthening of cultural ties with Venezuela, including through cooperation with Venezuela’s El Sistema, a world renowned youth orchestra and system of training youths in music.