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Golding to hold bilateral talks with Brazil president

Published:Saturday | April 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Bruce Golding is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with Brazil's President Lula da Silva during his visit to Brazil for the first ever special summit between Brazil and CARICOM member states.

The prime minister left the island yesterday for the summit that begins on Monday.

The summit, initiated by da Silva, is designed to establish areas of functional cooperation between Brazil and CARICOM.

Brazil and Jamaica have already signed an air services agreement and Golding will be seeking to secure direct flights between Brazil and Jamaica as a means of promoting tourist arrivals from South America to Jamaica.

The prime minister is being accompanied on his visit to Brazil by Onika Miller, permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, and Evadne Coye, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

Following the summit, Golding will take a week's vacation and return to the island on May 5.

During his absence, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dr Kenneth Baugh, will be in charge of the Government.