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It is important to face global challenges together – EU Ambassador to Jamaica


Cultural performances from Member States and messages from Jamaican Ministers of Government, EU Ambassadors and aid beneficiaries were among the highlights of a one-hour show, celebrating Europe Day in Jamaica on May 9.

The event also acknowledged 46 years of the EU-Jamaica partnership and sought to foster a stronger appreciation of Europe through aspects of its cultural expressions.

“If we really want to come closer, to partner up, to become genuine friends, it is important to talk between authorities, to coordinate positions, to face global challenges together, to be there for each other on the good but also on the bad days. We should not forget that, most importantly, our people need to connect. Today is a day that we want to contribute to that by offering a short glance of what binds people more than anything else: the cultural expression of who we are,” said EU Ambassador to Jamaica, Marianne Van Steen.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, stated that over the 46 years of diplomatic ties, Jamaica and the EU have partnered in critical areas that have positively impacted the lives of the Jamaican people. She applauded the EU for its support to Jamaica’s efforts against the coronavirus.

“Jamaica is deeply grateful that the EU has offered tangible support to our own efforts to combat the pandemic, and we commend you as one of the largest contributors to the COVAX (COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access) Facility,” she said.

Currently, the EU is the largest provider of grant funding to Jamaica, with a major roster of programmes aimed at reducing poverty, eliminating gender-based violence, improving maternal and child health, justice sector reform and public financial management. Areas of future cooperation include digital transformation, sustainable development and citizen security.

The event was streamed on the social media platforms of the Delegation: and the Jamaica Information Service It was also aired on the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica’s (PBCJ)