Jamaica and China sign economic technical grant agreement
The governments of Jamaica and China have signed a JMD423 million ((£2.95 million; $4.67 million) economic technical grant agreement. The full text of the government news release as published on the Jamaica House portal is as follows:
“Jamaica and China today signed a new economic technical grant agreement valued at some J$423 million. The signing followed a bilateral meeting at Jamaica House between Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and the visiting Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce, Li Jinzao. The agreement, which was signed by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Arnold Nicholson, on behalf of the government, will provide grant funding for projects that will be agreed between both governments.
Noting China’s growing investments in Jamaica, the Prime Minister thanked the Chinese Vice Minister for his government’s commitment to social responsibility and job creation, adding that she was looking forward to the diversifying of Chinese interests in Jamaica. Vice Minister Li said that the operators of Chinese business interests in Jamaica had given him positive feedback on local industrial environment. Commenting on the Montego Bay Convention Centre which was constructed by a Chinese company, Vice Minister Li said it was a modern facility that ranked with buildings in China.
The bilateral meeting also saw the official handing over of documents for new mobile X-ray container scanning equipment for use by the Port Authority of Jamaica. The equipment, which is valued at J$296 million is a gift from China. The gift includes one year free maintenance of the equipment. The Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr Omar Davies, received the documents on behalf of the government.
The high level delegation from the People’s Republic of China was on a three-day visit to the island, August 21-23. The delegation included executives from the Chinese Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Commerce, the Global China Development Bank, and the Chinese EXIM Bank. Along with the Vice Minister, other members included in the Jamaican government delegation at the bilateral talks were the Hon. Robert Pickersgill, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change and the Permanent Secretaries in the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. The delegation will leave the island this evening.”