Jamaica: Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness met with world leaders across the globe. On the afternoon of September 21, 2022, he met with the President of the Republic of Kenya – Dr William Ruto. Jamaica and Kenya established diplomatic relations in March 1976; however, in recent years, our countries have made concerted efforts to increase our bilateral ties, especially as Jamaica looks to expand relations with our brothers and sisters on the African continent.
Dr Ruto was sworn in as Kenya’s new president earlier this month; PM was pleased to extend his congratulations to him. “I anticipate our continued excellent relationship with Kenya under Dr Ruto’s leadership and look forward to opportunities for partnership and cooperation in the interest of both our peoples,” he stated.
PM Holness also had discussions with Borut Pahor, President of the Republic of Slovenia. Jamaica and Slovenia established diplomatic relations in 1996 and are now looking to deepen those relations, notably regarding cooperation in Information Technology, Logistics, Special Economic Zones, and Sustainable Development.
President Bahor has also expressed a desire to build on our existing relationship, and he welcomed the opportunity to explore additional areas of cooperation, including Tourism.
On the same day, he met with IDB President Mr Mauricio Claver-Carone to discuss opportunities for further partnership in critical areas, with national security, education, health, innovation, and entrepreneurship being some of our key priority areas.
The Inter-American Development Bank, IDB, is a critically important development partner providing loan and grant facilities across many areas, including health, education, and innovation. “I look forward to the continued excellent relationship with the IDB as we work together to secure Jamaica’s national development,” said PM Andrew Holness.