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PM on three-day official visit to Japan

Published:Sunday | November 3, 2013 | 12:33 PM

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has left the island for a three-day official visit to Japan.

Simpson Miller, who left yesterday, is accompanied by Minister of Science, Technology, Mining and Energy, Phillip Paulwell; permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Onika Miller; and Ambassador Paul Robotham, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

During her visit, the prime minister will meet with Prince Akishino and Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe.

A release from the prime minister's office says she will use this opportunity to further strengthen the friendship and cooperation between Jamaica and Japan, one of the country's long standing diplomatic partners.

She will attend and address the Inter-American Development Bank's Japan-LAC (Latin American and the Caribbean) Conference-Shaping the future between Japan and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The prime minister will also meet with the firms, Marubeni, Nippon Light Metals and UCC, which are all major investors in Jamaica. The three companies have interests in electricity, minerals and Blue Mountain Coffee.

Simpson Miller is scheduled to return to Jamaica on November 9.

Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips will be in charge of the Government until Simpson Miller returns.


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