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Johnson Smith on official visit to Norway

Published:Thursday | April 25, 2019 | 10:45 AM
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith - File photo

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, is now in Oslo, Norway on an official visit aimed at fostering trade and deepening bilateral cooperation, particularly on maritime issues and sustainable development.

“The visit will seek to explore interests and opportunities in trade and investment, cooperation in renewable energy and further cooperation in the maritime sector,” stated Johnson Smith.

Having established diplomatic relations in 1997, Jamaica-Norway collaboration has mostly been at the multilateral level through the United Nations and bilaterally on maritime issues.

In fact, the establishment of the Caribbean Maritime Institute, now Caribbean Maritime University in 1980, was a joint venture project of the two countries and a key accomplishment of Jamaica-Norway bilateral cooperation.

During her visit, Johnson Smith will pay a courtesy call on the Prime Minister of Norway, Her Excellency Erna Solberg, and sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of Bilateral Consultations with her Norwegian counterpart.

The inaugural round of the bilateral consultations will follow the MoU signing.

The foreign minister is also expected to participate in a roundtable with the Minister of International Development of Norway, to engage in discussions with the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament and meet with representatives of Norwegian renewable energy companies as well as REV Ocean, a not–forprofit corporation focused on sustainable ocean management through research and the reduction of plastic waste.

While in Oslo, Johnson Smith will also engage with Jamaicans in the diaspora.

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