Since the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Jamaica, bilateral relations have enjoyed smooth and healthy development with co-operation in trade, investment and infrastructure bearing remarkable fruits.
In recent years, human resource development between both countries has become a highlight of our co-operation.
This programme has been implemented under the framework of China's foreign aid, sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce, People's Republic of China. It is also an important part of Chinese Government aid to foreign countries, which means that China, through multilateral or bilateral channels, runs different kinds of seminars/training programmes for government officials, managerial and technical personnel for developing countries.
The Chinese Government assumes air travel, accommodation and transportation expenses for all participants during training in China.
Since 1998, about 150,000 trainees from more than 140 countries and regions have attended the seminars/training courses in China, covering a wide range of activities, including lectures, discussions, field trips, and practice.
The programmes introduce China's social and economic development and other information relative to the themes of seminars/training courses.
The trainees come from more than 20 fields, including economics, management, diplomacy, industry, agriculture, energy, tourism, medical and health care, and environmental protection.
At the third China-Caribbean Economic and Trade Co-operation Forum in 2011, China declared that it would offer no less than 2,500 training opportunities for Caribbean countries and 30 opportunities for master's degrees for Caribbean professionals to study in China.
Under the initiative, China has expanded human resource training programmes for Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, to enhance co-operation on capacity-building.
Thanks to the concerted efforts of both countries, by the end of June 2013, about 500 persons from Jamaica attended training programmes in China in various sectors.
In 2012, a training course on sugar technology was successfully held by the Chinese Government for 20 Jamaican officials and technicians. That was the first time that we ran a bilateral training programme between our two countries. This year, we are going to have another bilateral training programme in infrastructure.
In June 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping put forward new measures during a luncheon meeting in Trinidad & Tobago with leaders of Caribbean countries with diplomatic ties with Beijing. China, he said, would train 100 part-time postgraduate students and provide government scholarships for 1,000 students. That means the scale and scope of training programmes will further expand for Caribbean countries.
The Chinese Government is fully aware of the vital importance of talent training and capacity-building to sustainable development in developing countries and the training programmes have got much recognition and great support from both Chinese and foreign governments.
China has gained a lot from its social and economic development process in the past 30 years. We are ready to share them with developing countries, so that it could be much easier for them to find short cuts in their nation-building, which are suitable for their national conditions and avoid making the same mistakes.
Human resource programmes provide a unique chance to understand the real image of China. Through communications, interactions and discussions, participants would find more opportunities and wider approaches for bilateral economic and specialised co-operation.
Co-operation in the area has boosted capacity-building for Jamaicans and has substantially enhanced friendship between the Chinese and Jamaican peoples.
Today, the Chinese people are committed to realising the 'Chinese Dream' of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, while the Government and the people of Jamaica are working hard towards achieving the Vision 2030 development blueprint -- the Jamaican Dream.
Human resource development is the key to making our dreams come true. Let's work together to realise our dreams of national prosperity and well-off societies and deliver more development dividends to both our peoples.
Liu Lei is the Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Jamaica