Jamaica and China sign agreements for US$7.985 million grants and MOU in agricultural co-operation

Another agreement for RMB 30 million (approximately US$5.617 million) was signed at the 3rd China/Caribbean Trade and Economic Forum in Trinidad last week. That amount brings the total agreements signed between the two countries in just over a week to RMB 51 million (US7.985 million)

Speaking at Monday’s signing ceremony, Prime Minister Bruce Golding expressed appreciation to vice premier of China, Hui Liangyu, for his government’s enormous assistance in many areas, which he said are critical to national development.

Golding recalled that China has to date provided valuable assistance in a number of areas, including infrastructure, housing development, water supplies, education and agriculture and only recently provided assistance to the JDF in the vital area of equipment.

In the discussions on Monday with the Chinese vice premier, Golding said both countries explored the possibility of expanding existing areas of technical cooperation and he specially requested a focus on agriculture and agro processing. It is expected that further announcements will be made where these areas of co-operation can become part of the agreements between the two countries, Golding said.

In his address, Hui Liangyu said China is committed to promoting cooperation in various areas and that, while proposals have come out of the discussions, new steps and policy measures will be looked at in the years to come. He expressed his sincere appreciation for the enormous efforts that the government has made in promoting bilateral friendship under Golding’s leadership.

“The Chinese people also care about your economic and social development and China is determined to give you the necessary help in the future,” Hui Liangyu added.

Monday’s ceremony saw the vice minister of commerce of China, Jiang Yaoping, and Jamaica’s Minister of Agriculture, Robert Montague, signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on agricultural cooperation. The MOU identifies priority areas including agricultural mechanization, agricultural trade promotion, climate change adaptation, disaster risk management, alternative energy in agriculture and information and communications technology in agriculture.

Jiang and the Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign affairs and Foreign Trade, Marlene Malahoo Forte, signed the agreement on economic and technical cooperation in the amount of RMB 20 million. These funds will be used on projects that will be subject to specific supplementary agreements between the two governments.

An exchange of letters for a grant of RMB 1million for materials from China was also signed by Malahoo Forte and the Chinese vice minister. The type of materials will be provided at Jamaica’s request and subject to agreement between the two governments.

The signing of the grants are a part of the four-day official visit by Hui and a delegation of some 60 officials from the PRC.


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