Culture Minister: New era of relations between Jamaica and T&T

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Honourable Olivia Grange says the most recent exchanges between Jamaica and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is clear indication of a new and momentous era in bilateral relations between the Caribbean nations.

In making a toast at the reception to celebrate the 54th Anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago at the Jamaica Pegasus on August 31, Minister Grange said, “Since the establishment of diplomatic relations fifty-three years ago, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago have shared warm and friendly relations which have their roots in our common political, social and cultural history. We have maintained resident Diplomatic Missions in our respective capitals and have made consistent strides in deepening our relations over the years,”

According to Minister Grange, the recent Official Visit to Jamaica by Prime Minister Rowley, and the plans for a similar visit to be made by Prime Minister Holness to Trinidad, “reflect well the commitment of both countries to strengthening bilateral cooperation in various areas of shared interest including immigration and consular affairs, tourism, security, trade and investment, as well as cultural cooperation.”

The Minister explained that Jamaica remains committed to working with Trinidad and Tobago within the various regional and international fora for the greater good of citizens of both countries.

Minister Grange said, “Let us raise our glasses in a toast to the Government and People of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. We wish for you sustained growth and prosperity in the years ahead.”

The Minister used the opportunity to wish His Excellency, Fitzgerald Jeffrey, High Commissioner of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, a successful tour of duty and also congratulated the staff at the High Commission of Trinidad and Tobago in Kingston for their role in strengthening bilateral relations.

 

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Minister's charge

I remain hopeful because of the giftedness of the Jamaican people; their warmth and creativity; their dynamism and indomitable spirit that have resulted in excellence in all sectors.

It is by tapping into the gifts and awakening the spirit of the Jamaican people that we will, by God’s grace, re-group, re-engineer and re-open to a brighter future with Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

Olivia Grange

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