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Simpson Miller attends Chavez memorial in Venezuela today

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 | 10:29 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller left the island Wednesday morning (March 5) on a one-day visit to Venezuela, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has reported

Simpson Miller will participate in ceremonies to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of the former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, which will include a military parade, a religious service and a cultural programme.

The OPM stressed the importance of the bilateral relations between Jamaica and the Bolivarian Republic highlighting the initiative taken in 2005 by the late President Chavez in launching the PetroCaribe facility, “an important provision of which is that loans under the facility can be repaid by way of the export of Jamaican goods and services”.

According to the OPM, the first step in this direction was taken last December when an initial shipment of clinker produced by the local cement company was shipped from Rockfort to Caracas.

The Prime Minister, who is accompanied on the visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, AJ Nicholson, returns to the island later Wednesday evening. While off the island, Minister of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips will be in charge of the Government.

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