A joint press statement from prime minister Holness and pesident Pinera pledged to strengthen the close partnership between Jamaica and Chile as well as to pursue frequent engagements at the highest political level.
The press release said both leaders emphasized the importance of sports and physical activities on the well-being of their respective people and made the commitment to direct their respective Ministers of Sports to pursue bilateral cooperation in this area.
In this regard, they welcomed the signing between their two Governments of a Declaration of Intent to develop a Programme of Activities to be Implemented in 2019. This Programme will include the dispatch of Jamaican Olympians and coaches to Chile, to conduct sport clinics and seminars in track and field athletics, as well as the dispatch of Chilean experts to Jamaica to conduct training in gymnastics, field hockey and tennis.
The President of Chile invited high level athletes of Jamaica to participate in the South American Grand Prix Tournament “Orlando Guaita”, in 2019. The Prime Minister of Jamaica also invited high level athletes of Chile to participate in a Grand Prix Tournament in Jamaica."
In the area of trade and investment, the two leaders highlighted the importance of export promotion, exchange of information for the attraction of investments and the definition of products and services offered by each other’s market.
In this connection, they recalled the Memorandum of Understanding between the Export Promotion Bureau of Chile (PROCHILE) and Jamaica Promotion Corporation (JAMPRO), signed on 31st August 2017, and reaffirmed the need for the early implementation of this agreement through a Work Plan for 2018-2019 to be developed directly by both entities.
The two Heads reaffirmed the importance of cooperation as a cornerstone of the bilateral relationship. They welcomed the broad participation of Jamaican nationals in the programmes implemented by the Chilean Agency for Cooperation and Development (AGCID), for the Caribbean countries, through CARICOM.
This included, for example, scholarships for Master’s Programmes in Chile, advanced courses for diplomats at the Chilean Diplomatic Academy “Andres Bello”, as well as training at the Burned Children Foundation – BCF (COANIQUEM) and, since 2015, in the framework of the Chile-Japan Partnership Program - KIZUNA -. The latter, with a focus on disaster risk reduction. In total, 67 Jamaican professionals have benefitted from those programmes.
The Prime Minister of Jamaica expressed his appreciation to the Government of Chile for its strong commitment to bilateral cooperation. Noting the Government of Jamaica’s objective to make Spanish a second language, the Prime Minister expressed deep appreciation for Chile’s proposal to cooperate in this field with Jamaican public officials during 2019.
Both Leaders highlighted the ever-growing threat of non-communicable diseases to public health and development, such as diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases.
President Piñera and Prime Minister Holness noted the efforts made by Chile through the “Elige Vivir Sano programme (EVS) and by Jamaica through the “Jamaica Moves Programme” developed to respond to this threat.
In this context, they agreed to work together to exchange experiences in promoting a healthy lifestyle through performance of physical outdoor activities, a balanced diet and the prevention of diseases.
They also agreed that this exchange of experience could constitute a new opportunity for cooperation and the exchange of experiences between Chile and Jamaica.
The President of Chile acknowledged the leadership role of the Government of Jamaica in the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) Initiative, noting that Jamaica would host the 4th Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, in 2019.
Both Heads recognized the leadership of both countries on maritime and oceanic related issues. The President of Chile referred to the invitation extended to the Prime Minister of Jamaica to attend a Special Oceans Summit in Oslo, Norway, following his historic presentation at the recent session of the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Canada.
The President of Chile reiterated his gratitude to the Prime Minister of Jamaica for the warm hospitality and courtesies extended to him, his wife and his delegation during the visit, and reaffirmed Chile's commitment to the Caribbean and in particular to Jamaica, as one of the priorities of his country’s external regional action.
President Piñera visited Jamaica, having received an invitation from Prime Minister Holness, in his capacity as Chairman Pro Tempore of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), to participate as a Special Guest at the 39th Regular Meeting of the Heads of State and Government of CARICOM, held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on 4th to 6thJuly, 2018.
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