EU’s commitment to Jamaica remains unwavering- Wasilewska
Malgorzata Wasilewska speaking at the Mona Visitors Lodge at an event held in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid)
Earlier this week the EU Delegation in Jamaica celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.
It was a well-attended splendid affair held on the lawns of the University of the West Indies’ Mona Visitors Lodge.
The celebrations came a day after Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French presidential race and the Head of Delegation to the European Union in Jamaica, Malgorzata Wasilewska made sure to reference it in her remarks to those attending the celebrations.
“No one can pretend that recent events in Europe has not had an impact and will continue to do so. Migration remains a challenge but one which will be met just as we met the challenges of the economic crisis. Sadly we remain vigilant to the threat of terrorism and again – regrettably this is something all of us have to do.
“But on a positive note the election result in France illustrates the continuing hope and vision of the people of Europe.”
The EU has been the largest developmental benefactor to Jamaica for many years and Wasilewska made it clear that the EU’s commitment to Jamaica remains firm and unwavering.
She declared, “As the largest provider of development aid, in the form of grants, for Jamaica our contribution to the Jamaican economy over the last 40 plus years has topped 1 billion Euro or over 100 billion Jamaican dollars.”
The EU has focused:
1. Increasing competitiveness and building resilience in agriculture while fostering rural development.
2. Better and faster access to justice for all Jamaicans but especially women and children.
3. Reducing poverty, building schools, houses and roads.
4.Providing well needed medical facilities and equipment to help mothers and infants.
5. Through the Economic Partnership Agreement, look to help increase Jamaica’s competitiveness and boost trade and business investment.
6. Work to promote human dignity by protecting people against all forms of discrimination and human rights abuses.
7. Each year, EU –funded scholarships are awarded to the best student candidates applying under annual selection rounds to study in Europe under the Erasmus Programme.
The EU Delegation Head commented, “ I want to take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the values and objectives on which the European project is founded and to celebrate our partnership with Jamaica.”