Minister of International Affairs and International Commerce, Senator, Kamina Johnson Smith has hailed the long-standing friendship between Jamaica and the European Union (EU) and pointed to the necessity for the 2 international locations to construct a bolder path in the direction of reaching shared objectives.
Senator Johnson Smith was addressing a digital cultural extravaganza on Sunday, Could 9 to mark Europe Day.
The one-hour present, which featured cultural performances and messages from authorities officers, was broadcast on the social media platforms of the EU and the Jamaica Info Service (JIS).
Senator Johnson Smith stated that over the 46 years of diplomatic ties, Jamaica and the EU have partnered in essential areas comparable to maternal and baby well being, poverty discount, justice sector reform and public monetary administration.
She identified that the international locations have additionally collaborated on local weather change resilience, noting that this space is particularly essential to Jamaica as a small island growing state.
“We’re excited to discover additional areas of cooperation in digital transformation, sustainable improvement, and residents’ safety,” she stated.
The Senator famous that this yr’s Europe Day observance was going down when EU member states and different international locations across the globe are combatting the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and lauded the EU for its assist to Jamaica’s efforts in opposition to the virus.
“Jamaica is deeply grateful that the EU has provided tangible assist to our personal efforts to fight the pandemic, and we commend you as one of many largest contributors to the COVAX (COVID-19 Vaccines World Entry) facility,” she stated.
The Senator stated that Jamaica is trying ahead to constructing stronger ties with the EU because the nation “strikes in the direction of a brand new paradigm in our relationships to consolidate and implement the brand new Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS)-EU partnership settlement”.
“We now have a chance to chart an even bigger, bolder and higher path collectively as we work on the idea of our shared values in the direction of reaching our improvement aspirations embodied within the SDGs (Sustainable Improvement Objectives),” she added.
EU Ambassador to Jamaica, Marianne Van Steen, in her message, stated that the long-standing relationship between Jamaica and the EU has developed from being one among “donor and recipient to one of many companions”.
She famous that one of the essential classes realized is that unity is essential to beat tough challenges and “it’s not enough anymore to unite between ourselves”.
“We additionally need to unite with others. In a difficult geopolitical setting, we now have realised that, greater than ever, we’d like our allies, we’d like our associates. As a way to defend the values and beliefs which might be so pricey to us, we now have to achieve out to these to whom those self same values and beliefs are as pricey to them as they’re to us,” she added