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Signing of Jamaica, T&T cooperation agreement delayed

Published:Thursday | July 21, 2016 | 7:49 PM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley at a press conference this week.

Jovan Johnson, Parliamentary Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says a cooperation agreement which was expected to be signed with Trinidad and Tobago is still being worked on.

He made the disclosure at the final press conference this afternoon to end the official visit to Jamaica by the Trinidadian Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley.

It's believed that the cooperation agreement would include immigration and trade matters.

 

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

It was expected that the agreement, first announced at the CARICOM summit earlier this month, would have been signed during Dr. Rowley's visit.

A deadline has not been given, but Jamaica has accepted an invitation from the Trinidadian prime minister to visit his country to continue the bilateral talks.

Prime Minister Rowley left Jamaica this afternoon after five days of meeting with various sector leaders to resolve trade and immigration issue that have strained the relationship between Kingston and Port of Spain.

Throughout the visit, both leaders said they reached agreements that will reset and restore the friendship between the two nations.

Holness also said Rowley has given an assurance to implement measures to improve the treatment of Jamaicans who turn up at Trinidadian ports.

Rowley says it is important for Jamaica and Trinidad to build a strong relationship in the interest of both countries and the wider Caribbean region.

 

Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley