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Jamaica, China pledge continued strategic partnership

Published:Monday | September 11, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Andrew Holness

The Governments of Jamaica and the People's Republic of China on Monday pledged to continue to build on the strategic partnership between both countries.

The renewed commitment was made when the State councillor and director of the Central Foreign Affairs Office in China, Dr Yang Jiechi, met with Prime Minister Andrew Holness and members of the Cabinet for a one-day official visit to the island.

Holness said that the relationship between both countries was evolving.

"We will continue to ensure that the projects undertaken between our countries are aligned, not just for our development but for the development of China, as well so that the development is mutual," stated Holness.

He said that Jamaica has benefited from infrastructural development, as well as investment in capacity-building from the People's Republic of China.

During the exchange, both parties reaffirmed their commitment to the Framework Cooperation Agreement for production capacity, which Holness said was an important opportunity for Jamaica.

"We see this as the basis on which Jamaica could expand significantly its manufacturing sector through the production capacity-sharing possibilities that come as a result of the framework agreement and we will be pursuing this in a deliberate way. We expect that trade between both countries will increase," he said.


Growth opportunities


Yang said Jamaica and China were key development partners and that there had been much progress in the bilateral relationship over the last 45 years. Yang said further, that there were opportunities for further growth, particularly in sports, culture, business, education, science and other areas.

He noted that China welcomed efforts to foster wider marketing and promotion of Jamaican products, particularly Blue Mountain coffee to China.

The state councillor of China arrived in the island Monday morning to mark the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between both countries. He was accompanied by a 12-member delegation.