Jamaica: PM Holness meets Vice President of US Kamala Harris

He stated that the discussions were very productive as they affirmed their shared commitment to increase cooperation for the mutual benefit of Jamaica and the United States.

Jamaica: PM Holness meets Vice President of US Kamla Harris
Jamaica: PM Holness meets Vice President of US Kamla Harris

United States: Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness is on his official visit to the United States and met prominent delegates over there. On Wednesday, March 30, 2022, PM Holness met with the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris. 

While informing and sharing some glimpse of his meeting, PM Holness noted, “This afternoon I had the distinguished pleasure of meeting with Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris (Kamala Harris).”

He stated that the discussions were very productive as they affirmed their shared commitment to increase cooperation for the mutual benefit of Jamaica and the United States.

The areas of cooperation discussed include violence prevention through intelligence and information sharing and investment in violence reduction programmes targeting at-risk youth, human capacity development, particularly in relation to cyber security and digital technology, energy, and infrastructure.

Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness further said that he was deeply encouraged by the feedback from VP Harris, who committed funding to several areas:

  • Expansion of Commerce and Trade
  • Support for our health sector and our Covid-19 recovery efforts
  • Regional energy security
  • Violence reduction programme targeting at-risk youth. 
  • VP Harris expressed agreement for the establishment of a working group between Jamaica and the US to discuss issues unique to Jamaica and to continue the dialogue.

While extending gratitude to Vice President Harris, he expressed,” I thank the VP for prioritizing this meeting with Jamaica, and I welcome her announcements to provide greater support through investments.”

Earlier, he also gave an interview about Jamaica on Washington Channel 9/WUSA. He said, “This morning, I had the pleasure of being interviewed about Jamaica on Great Day Washington on Channel 9/WUSA with hosts Kristen Berset-Harris and Ellen Bryan.”

Further, the resident of Jamaica expressed appreciation towards the visit of PM Holness to the United States. One of the residents named Howard Campbell said, “A wide range of topics were discussed with the Vice President, and she had ticked many boxes where the USA would be proactive and committed to work together with Jamaica: Hope this can open the channels for bigger things to come for Jamaica land we love.”