Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness was actively engaged in boosting Jamaica’s profile internationally during official working visits overseas throughout the year.
- He made history as the first Jamaican Prime Minister to speak at the G7 Summit in Quebec, Canada, to which he was specially invited by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Strengthening International Relations
- Prime Minister Holness attended and addressed the Third Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru.
- He also led a Jamaican delegation to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, where he delivered the country’s Policy Statement.
- The Prime Minister made a 10-day working visit to three major international Summits where he delivered key presentations.
- In Washington DC, he was keynote speaker at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Conference on Building Resilience to Natural Disasters in the Caribbean.
- Mr. Holness travelled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the G20 Leaders’ Summit, where he made an intervention on Climate Change and Energy Transition.
- His working visit concluded in Trinidad and Tobago, where he presided over the 18th Special Meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). This was done in his capacity as Chair of the grouping.
- Prime Minister Holness, who assumed Chairmanship of CARICOM on July 1, successfully hosted the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in Montego Bay, St. James, where the Leaders arrived at decisions on several matters.
- Jamaica and five other members signed the Protocol on Contingent Rights, which entitles spouses and dependents of CARICOM nationals, who relocate to other Member States, to access benefits such as health and education services, which were not previously afforded them. The other signatories were Barbados, Haiti, Suriname, St. Lucia and Grenada.
- The Heads agreed that effective December 31, 2018, all States would put the necessary legislative framework in place to facilitate all 10 approved categories of skills under the Free Movement regime.
- It was also agreed that by August 1, 2018, all member States would institute procedures on the refusal of entry of CARICOM nationals travelling across the region.
- Additionally, the Heads decided that a harmo-nised form will be used by the countries’ Immigration officers when refusing entry.
- A Declaration of Intent was signed between Jamaica and Chile to share expertise in sports. The agreement will see local coaches travelling to Chile to conduct sports clinics in track and field, while Chilean coaches will come to Jamaica to administer training in gymnastics, field hockey and tennis.