Photos: EU mission to Jamaica celebrates Europe Day
Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, head of the delegation of the European Union (EU) to Jamaica, hosted the mission’s celebration of Europe Day on Wednesday, with local and international guests mingling in the evening’s cool atmosphere in Jack’s Hill, St Andrew.
Among the guests were ambassadors from various European countries, former Governor General Sir Kenneth Hall, former Prime Minister Bruce Golden, Cabinet Ministers, Senators and Members of Parliament.
Business leaders also joined in the festivity, which marks the 61st anniversary of the signing of the Rome Treaties that signalled the beginning of a united Europe. Locally, the day was also observed in celebration of the long-standing partnership between the European Union and Jamaica.
According to Ambassador Wasilewska, Europe stands for the best example of integration, economic success, values, diversity, unity, being the biggest donor in the world and the biggest trading partner with the Caribbean region.
Ambassador Wasilewska said, “I think I can comfortably say that Europe stands for success. So much of this success is already shared by Jamaica, but there is plenty more to do and we stand very proud to partner and accompany Jamaica on this road.”
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Ambassador Wasilewska, said areas which the EU will be willing to assist with are better regional integration, economic growth, more trading with other with other countries, which would include Europe.
She encouraged Jamaica to grow relationships with more European countries and said her goal over her next two years, will be to bring “Europe closer to Jamaica and Jamaica closer to Europe”.
Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck thanked the EU for the 43-year partnership and support given to Jamaica and said the government will be looking to strengthen the relationship with European countries in the upcoming years.
Chuck said, “over the past four decades, the European Union has remained a solid and reliable development partner, that has collaborated with the government of Jamaica, in key areas instrumental to our national economic growth and social development objectives, articulated in our vision 2030.”
Chuck said that the partnership with the European has helped in areas such as agriculture, justice reform, maternal health and climate change.