Guyana, Jamaica to strengthen cooperation under Joint Commission framework
Georgetown, Guyana – (July 6, 2018) The Guyana-Jamaica Joint Commission, which was inaugurated in 1997, will be reactivated and will form the basis of a three-year cooperation programme between the two states. This announcement was made by President David Granger after a bilateral meeting held with Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Mr. Andrew Holness, in the margins of the 39th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
The President informed that the Guyanese and Jamaican delegations discussed cooperation in the areas of food security and agriculture, petroleum and security. “I am confident that the Caribbean as a whole could produce all the food that is needed for the hotel industry, for the people of the region. Secondly, we looked at energy and as you know, Guyana is on the brink of going into a new industry and we are looking at the possibility of that resource being used…to enrich the Caribbean’s access to energy. We also looked at public security… [to discuss] threats of Trafficking in Persons, threats of terrorism and money laundering,” he said.
The Head of State also said that the report of the Bruce Golding-led CARICOM Review Commission has resulted in an upsurge of new energy in Caribbean relations, which Guyana is prepared to capitalise on.