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Prime Minister to visit Peru

Published:Wednesday | May 14, 2008 | 4:38 PM

Prime minister Bruce Golding is to lead a delegation to Lima, Peru from tomorrow to Saturday for the fifth summit of the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The summit is aimed at strengthening strategic partnership between the two regions based on common values, economic, political, cultural and historical ties.

The meeting will include discussions on poverty, inequality, sustainable development, climate change, environment and energy.

The prime minister will be accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Trade, Dr Kenneth Baugh, Jamaica\'s Ambassador to the European Union, Marcia Gilbert Roberts, Jamaica\'s Ambassador to Peru, Audley Rodriques and other government executives.

From Lima, Mr. Golding will head to London where he will be joined by the Industry and Commerce Minister, Karl Samuda and other government officials.

Mr. Golding is scheduled to pay a courtesy call on Britain\'s Prime Minister, Gordon Brown next Tuesday, before holding several community meetings with Jamaicans living in the South and South East regions of London.

Mr. Golding and his delegation are expected back in the island on May 25.

During the prime minister\'s absence from May 15 to 17, the Finance Minister, Audley Shaw will be in charge of the government.

Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Kenneth Baugh, will return from Peru to take charge of the government from May 18 to 25.