Prime Minister of Jamaica, Mrs. Portia Simpson Miller and Prime Minister of Japan,
Mr. Shinzo Abe and visiting the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica.
Mr. Shinzo Abe paid an official working visit to Jamaica in late September this year. It was the first ever visit of Japanese prime minister to Jamaica since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries fifty-one years ago.
The 30th September meeting marked the third summit between the two prime ministers and was a reciprocation of the visit of Prime Minister Simpson Miller to Japan in November 2013 to mark the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Japan/Jamaica diplomatic relations. The significance of high-level bilateral and multilateral (Japan-CARICOM) policy dialogues was stressed during this summit and the prime ministers reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen ties through enhanced communication.
The two prime ministers discussed, at length, the shared history of the two nations and their warm and friendly cooperative relations. Both leaders reaffirmed their similarity as maritime nations, which face common challenges and uphold shared basic values such as freedom, democracy, respect for basic human rights, and the rule of law. To this end, they reflected on the deepening of the existing bilateral relationship in various areas and affirmed their intention to strengthen the Partnership between Japan and Jamaica (J-J Partnership) with focus on the following three pillars:
- Cooperation towards sustainable development including overcoming vulnerabilities particular to Small Island Developing States.
- Deepening and expanding bonds founded on exchanges and friendship.
- Cooperation in addressing challenges of the international community.
The two prime ministers also oversaw the signing of a Cultural Grant to the Institute of Jamaica and a Memorandum of Understanding between The University of the West Indies (Mona, Kingston) and Sophia University.
Additionally, Prime Minister Abe also visited the Bob Marley Museum and the National Heroes Park where he participated in a wreath laying ceremony.