The primary aim of the EU Visitors Program is to enable participants to become better acquainted with the values and policies of the EU as well as its goals, achievements, prospects and institutions.
Mr. Robinson, who is also Member of Parliament for South East St. Andrew and a member of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica will have meetings with EU officials who have responsibility for cyber security, innovation, entrepreneurship and data protection.
He will also be meeting with the Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), Dr. Patrick Gomes.
The EUVP which was established in 1974 by both the European Parliament and the European Commission is an individual study programme that invites promising young leaders and opinion shapers from countries outside the European Union to visit EU institutions to gain a first-hand appreciation of the EU’s goals, policies and peoples and to share perspectives and best practice as well as increase mutual understanding between professionals from non-EU countries and their EU counterparts. Participants are proposed by EU Delegations with final selections made through a committee of the European Parliament.
Approximately 200 guests are invited annually to participate in the programme. Since inception the EUVP has welcomed 4,000 guests, some of whom have risen to positions of high office or responsibility.
This is only the second year that Jamaicans have been selected to participate in the programme since 1974. Kamina Johnson Smith Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and Imani Duncan Pryce, Chief of Staff in the Office of the Opposition Leader were the first participants in 2015.
Robinson will return to the island on February 14.
- Countries: Jamaica