BROOKLYN,NY – Jamaica says it will continue to partner with Japan as they respond to the economic challenges caused by the coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic that has killed more than four million people worldwide and infected millions of others.
Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith, speaking at a virtual news conference alongside her Japanese counterpart, Toshimitsu Motegi., said it was agreed that economic cooperation increased focus on trade and investment and access to financing would boost sustainable recovery.
“We’ve also discussed matters of global importance and emphasized the need for the international community to ensure equitable access to vaccines, especially for developing countries,” she said.
Johnson Smith noted that the Japan-Jamaica Partnership had bolstered the country’s efforts to manage the social and economic effects of the pandemic through grant aids provided for medical supplies across the island.
Motegi told reporters that his government is considering cooperation in environmental protection, disaster risk reduction to overcome vulnerabilities for small island states and achieving sustainable development.
“We also pay attention to the special economic zone that Jamaica has been promoting, and I hope that it will lead to strengthening our bilateral economic relationship,” he added.
Johnson Smith noted that they also discussed the technical cooperation program that helps to support energy proficiency, maritime security, training and scholarships, tourism promotion, and sports.
While we continue to deepen South-South cooperation, we, therefore, value our friendships with more industrialized nations, which amplify our concerns in important fora such as the G7 and G20, a role which Japan continues to play in its advocacy within the international community,” Johnson Smith said.
Motegi said responding to global challenges such as climate change is vital because both Japan and Jamaica remain committed to the Paris Agreement.
“The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius than pre-industrial levels.