Ambassador Fernandez met Minister Grange at her Ministry today for the signing of an Agreement between the Government of Jamaica and the Government of the Argentine Republic on Cooperation in the fields of Art and Culture.
“We are especially keen on developing collaborations and sharing expertise and knowledge in how we strengthen the role of cultural institutions such as museums and libraries,” the Minister explained to the Ambassador.
She said that the signing was long overdue and expressed her appreciation to the Ambassador whom she lauded “for the unrelenting stance you have taken in ensuring that this Agreement is now a reality. We are heartened by your commitment and belief in our country and your fervent focus on strengthening diplomatic relations between our nations.”
The Culture and Entertainment Minister said Jamaica was humbled that the people of Argentina took such tremendous pride in the culture of Jamaica, particularly Reggae music. “I was pleased to hear about the very successful staging of the first edition of the International Reggae Festival that took place in Buenos Aires, in September this year headlining popular Jamaican artistes such as Julian Marley. The real sound of Black Uhuru, Michael Rose and Sly & Robbie. I give you this commitment that Jamaica we will seek to assist in whatever ways feasible to add value to your International Reggae Festival — ensuring that your patrons experience the best of Reggae music.
“But this Agreement we are signing today transcends music and festivals. The Agreement comes at a critical time in the life of my Ministry — when we are taking a data-centric approach in culture and creative industries because we must be able to quantify the contribution of the sub-sectors to GDP.”
Minister observed on a lighter note, that Ambassador Fernandez had recently celebrated his birthday: “I understand you celebrated your birthday on Saturday, December 1. I ask that you see this signing as a gift, belated though it is - from Jamaica to you.
“I hope that this occasion will also be seen as a moment for celebration for the government and people of Argentina, as it is for us in Jamaica.”
Ambassador Fernandez said it was most important to Argentina that relations with Jamaica be strengthened, especially in areas that will directly benefit the people of the country.