Jamaica’s prime minister will be in Canada for an official visit next week, meeting with Prime Minster Stephen Harper. I wonder if they’ll talk about the monarchy?
In advance of the visit, here are some facts about Canada-Jamaica relations , according to the feds:
-Jamaica celebrated 50 years of independence on August 6, 2012, and Canada opened its high commission in Kingston when that country declared independence in 1962.
-Canada and Jamaica cooperate within the Commonwealth, the United Nations and the Organization of American States.
- Canada and Jamaica signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2012 to establish a Canadian Forces Operational Support Hub in Jamaica.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that he will meet with Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica, on October 22, 2012, during her official visit to Canada.
“Jamaica and Canada are good friends and neighbours in the Americas who enjoy solid commercial and people to people relations while sharing deep historic ties as members of the Commonwealth ,” said the Prime Minister. “It is fitting on the 50th anniversary of bilateral relations that we look at ways to further strengthen the bonds between our nations.”
This will be Prime Minister Simpson Miller’s first official visit to Canada since she took office in January 2012. The visit will provide an opportunity for both leaders to discuss matters of shared interest, including regional security, trade and investment and multilateral cooperation.
Canada and Jamaica’s bilateral relationship is close and longstanding. Bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and Jamaica was valued at $386.3 million in 2011. Canada’s relationship with Jamaica is further strengthened by the valuable contribution to Canadian society made by Jamaican-Canadians in numerous areas of endeavour.