Petrocaribe has worked, says Falconer

Saturday, September 05, 2015

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MINISTER with responsibility for information, Senator Sandrea Falconer, said Jamaica and other participating States have benefited significantly from the PetroCaribe Agreement.


"Jamaica's ability to afford its energy requirements has been favourably impacted by this single most important PetroCaribe Agreement with Venezuela," Senator Falconer said.


"This allows the Government to purchase oil at market value, but on preferential conditions, and this has been of tremendous benefit," she noted.


The information minister was addressing members of the local and Venezuelan media at a special Jamaica House press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister's Western Regional Office in Montego Bay on Friday.


The briefing was held on the eve of the 10th Anniversary Commemorative Summit of the PetroCaribe Agreement this weekend.


Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, who arrived late Saturday, are co-chairing the two-day meeting which started yesterday in Montego Bay where the agreement was signed in 2005.


Several Heads of Government and State, energy ministers and other ministers of Government are participating in the Summit meeting at the Montego Bay Convention Centre (MBCC).


They incude: president of Haiti, Machel Martelly; president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega; prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris; prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves; prime minister of St Lucia, Dr Kenny Anthony, prime minister of Antigua Barbuda, Gaston Brown; and deputy prime minister of Belize, Margarito Gasper Vega.


Other high-level representatives from the Caribbean Community, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the Latin American Energy Organization are also attending.


The summit includes a commemorative ceremony and a plenary session, which will examine the activities and achievements of PetroCaribe over the past decade, while agreeing on decisions going forward.


Prime Minister Simpson Miller and President Maduro will lead a delegation of heads of government and other delegates to the official opening of the Simón Bolivar Cultural Centre in downtown, Kingston today.


This is to commemorate the date on which South American liberator and Venezuelan revolutionary leader, Simón Bolivar, wrote the 'Carta de Jamaica', or Letter of Jamaica, 200 years ago.


The centre, which is a gift to the Government and people of Jamaica by the Government and people of Venezuela, is located in close proximity to the Princess Street building where Simón Bolivar stayed in 1815.


The opening of the facility is also part of activities marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Jamaica and Venezuela.


Ahead of the opening ceremony, a floral tribute will be held at the statue of the South American liberator located at National Heroes Circle.


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