Jamaican state minister to push for sustainable development and growth

Jamaica Cuba relations
(L to R) Marlene Gardner-Matthews, Administrative Attaché, Embassy of Jamaica, Havana; Peter Bailey Charge d'Affaires, Embassy of Jamaica, Havana; Mrs. Sharon Miller Director Economic Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade; Hon. Pearnel Charlea Jr, Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade; and Ms. Liliana García Socarrás Liaison Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cuba (Source: Facebook)

Senator the Honourable Pearnel Charles Jr., Jamaica’s Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade travelled to Havana, Cuba over the past weekend to participate in the 37th Session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

The biennial Session, which will run from May 7-11 at the Palacio de Convenciones in Havana is the intergovernmental mechanism used to steer the work of ECLAC.  It will also be used to examine and assess the organisation’s work and progress over the last two years.

Environmental sustainable practices

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“It is in this forum that pressing issues affecting the region’s sustainable development are addressed and modalities for action agreed. I look forward to sharing with regional colleagues the most environmentally sustainable practices as we seek to advance economic and social development,” stated Charles.

High-level seminar

The Senator’s statement is in direct relation to the high-level seminar titled, “The Inefficiency of Inequality”. Jamaica has been invited to sit on Panel 4 of that seminar which will address the theme of, ‘Territories, Infrastructure and the Environment: a space for the environmental big push’.

Other agenda items for the Session include: enhancing South-South Cooperation, promoting deeper Caribbean engagement with Latin America in pursuit of opportunities for growth and sustainable development and examining the regional agreement on access to information, participation and access to justice in environmental matters in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This will be HMOS Charles’ first official overseas trip as State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, following his Toronto, Canada, Diaspora engagement in April, which overlapped with his time at the Ministry of National Security and the Foreign Ministry.