Holguin made the announcement during a press conference also attended by Jamaica´s Foreign Minister Kenneth Baugh, who paid a two-day official visit to Bogota to participate at the Colombia-Jamaica Joint Commission.
“Colombia´s Hydrocarbons Agency and Jamaica´s PCJ have been studying the environmental impact in order to undertake joint oil exploration in this common zone,” Holguin said.
The Colombian official noted that her country’s relations with Jamaica are “very important” because both countries share a large maritime border and “something very special, which is the nearly 15 000-square-km common zone.”
Holguin also stressed the interest of Jamaica in Colombian oil resources. “Jamaica currently has energy needs, which makes us potential providers of oil and gas.”
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Kenneth Baugh admitted that his country is facing serious energy problems and he expressed his interest in Colombian natural gas as a major source of energy, as well as in oil and coal.
Baugh also said that Colombia is rich in resources and technology and he expressed his confidence that bilateral cooperation with Bogota will contribute to the development of both nations.