Monday 16 September, 2019

Photos: Jamaicans join EU mission to celebrate Europe Day

Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska (right) and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith raise a toast to celebrate EU's longstanding relationship with Jamaica.

Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska (right) and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith raise a toast to celebrate EU's longstanding relationship with Jamaica.

Europe Day, which was celebrated last Thursday, saw Jamaicans join the European Union's mission to Jamaica, other diplomats and dignitaries at the EU residence on Kinsale Avenue in Kingston to mark the day.

The formalities were limited to a few minutes, with Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska encouraging guests to partake in the delectable cuisine and to take to the poolside dance floor, promising that those who failed to sway to the beat would be “put through the gate”.

Guests obliged Wasilewska, as they danced and partied to the music from different genres and era. Of course, Wasilewska joined them, displaying a few moves of her own.

During the formal section of the evening, Wasilewska said the 44-year-old relationship between the European Union and Jamaica is strong, as both work to achieve the island's Vision 2030 goals.

She said this was highlighted in the recent visit of Niven Mimica, commissioner for international cooperation and development at the EU, who met with Prime Minister Andrew Holness and signed two agreements worth over €20m ($2.8 billion) to build up climate change resilience, protect forest resources; and to further improve public finance management.

Europe Day celebration in Kingston

Check out the gallery for photo highlights by Marlon Reid of the Europe Day celebration.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith, also stressed the importance of the strong relationship between the EU and Jamaica. She said the EU has helped Jamaica in areas such as youth development, rural development, security, justice, capacity building in a number of areas and sectors.

“This year marks 44 years of what can only be described as a strong, vibrant partnership between Jamaica and the EU. Over the past four decades, EU has been a partner that has collaborated with the government of Jamaica in key areas, instrumental to our national economic growth and social development objectives,” Johnson Smith said.

 

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