Jamaica, EU engage in political dialogue

Saturday, February 11, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica and the European Union have committed to strengthen the collaboration on building a more effective partnership for growth and development. 
According to a joint release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Union delegation, the committment was made during the third 'Jamaica/EU Political Dialogue' held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade on Thursday.
In her opening remarks at the dialogue, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade said the partnership between EU and Jamaica remains strong and that the EU has made a significant contribution to Jamaica’s development and the wider Caribbean region. 
Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, Head of the EU Delegation said the dialogue was needed to examine ways in which the EU can better assist the partnership with Jamaica. She reiterated the commitment of the EU and a joint vision for the future, noting that creating alliances is important to address global challenges.
Important issues discussed include political and economic developments in Jamaica and the EU; highly indebted middle income countries; crime and security; human rights; the relations of the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states after 2020; correspondent banking; and environment and climate change.
Ambassador Wasilewska described the talks as a constructive exchange of ideas and said she looks forward to continuing the dialogue next year. Both sides identified key areas for follow up and action. 
The dialogue, during the ministry’s Diplomatic Week, was held at the level of senior officials with Jamaica's delegation led by Ambassador Marcia Gilbert Roberts.
Ambassador Wasilewska was joined by resident EU representatives namely, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom as well as non-resident ambassadors from Finland, Ireland, Sweden and The Netherlands.
The dialogue, which is required under Article 8 of the ACP/EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement states that “Parties shall regularly engage in a comprehensive, balanced, and deep political dialogue leading to commitment on both sides.” The last Jamaica/EU dialogue was held in 2014.

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