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Simpson Miller, Neita Headley attend EU meeting in Belgium

Monday, November 25, 2013 | 2:11 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, Minister without Portfolio, Office of the Prime Minister, Natalie Neita Headley and a local delegation are attending the EU's largest Development Forum- EU Development Days (EDD), being held in Brussels, Belgium.

Simpson Miller and her delegation left the island on Sunday, the Office of the Prime Minister said.

This year's EDD under the theme ‘A decent life for all by 2030 — Building a consensus for a new development agenda’ features high level panel discussions on gender and how the post-2015 development framework can ensure progress towards gender equality. Simpson-Miller will speak at the opening session of the forum.

The Prime Minister is also scheduled to hold bi-lateral meetings with President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development as well as make presentations to selected panel groups on ‘Women's empowerment post-2015’ and ‘Reshaping Society through Female Leadership’.

In addition to the EDD, Simpson Miller has also been invited to give the keynote address at the Women in Parliament Global forum, scheduled for Wednesday, November 27.

Simpson-Miller is the only Caribbean leader selected for participation in this year's EDD and will join leaders from across the world including President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou, Prime Minister of Cape Verde José Maria Pereira Neves as well as top EU officials.

The Prime Minister will be joined on her visit by Head of the Delegation of the European Union in Jamaica, Ambassador Paola Amadei.

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