Jamaica’s Deputy Prime Minister Visits Canada
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lawrence Cannon, met on Tuesday with Jamaica’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr. Kenneth Baugh, who is visiting Canada.
Dr. Baugh also met with Minister of International Trade, and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, Stockwell Day, Minister for International Co-operation, Beverley Oda, and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Americas), Peter Kent.
“I was pleased to welcome Dr. Baugh to Canada,” said Cannon. “The visit was an important opportunity to discuss Canada’s multi-faceted relationship with Jamaica – a long-standing relationship based on common values and encompassing important political, commercial, and people-to-people aspects.”
“Canada and Jamaica share a commercial history that spans centuries,” added Day. “Minister Baugh and I discussed how we can strengthen our economic partnership with Jamaica and with the entire Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region. It’s important to work with CARICOM to help open doors for Canadian companies in the growing and dynamic Caribbean market.”
“Canada has a long history of providing development assistance to Jamaica and the Caribbean,” said Oda. “Our development programs build on the region’s priorities to create opportunities for social and economic advancement, through institutional strengthening, private sector development, youth opportunities and natural disaster preparedness and response.”
“Canada’s engagement in the Americas, one of our foreign policy priorities, has highlighted the importance of our relationship with Jamaica and the Caribbean,” said Kent. “Canada enjoys warm relations with Jamaica and with the Caribbean region as a whole, and we are happy to see the relationships maturing with increased commercial and political co-operation. Canada is committed to strengthening its relationship with the Caribbean.”
Dr. Baugh, who wraps up his visit today, Thursday, is in Canada to discuss relations between the two countries with Canadian officials. During his visit to Ottawa and Toronto, he also met with the chair of the Canada-Caribbean Parliamentary Friendship Group, Raymonde Folco, Member of Parliament for Laval-Les Îles and with members of the Jamaican community in both cities.
He held a town hall meeting on Wednesday night at the Jamaican Canadian Association’s centre in Toronto.