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The European Delegation in Jamaica is among more than 130 delegations across the world. The European Union (EU) is represented by the Delegation in five countries and territories in the Caribbean region including Jamaica, the Bahamas, Belize, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Cayman Islands. The first Delegation to Jamaica was established in 1976 by the European Commission and has since implemented programmes in partnership with local and international organisations.
Such organisations include the Government of Jamaica(GOJ), the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Stand Up For Jamaica (SUFJ), Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), the British Council, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Rural Agricultural Development Authority(RADA), the Banana Export Company Limited (BECO), the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI), Energy Services Company (ESCO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) among others.
The core mission of the EU Delegation in Jamaica is to alleviate poverty, promote social and economic well-being, enhance the quality of life for Jamaicans and integrate Jamaica into the global economy. The EU’s programmes are diverse and have been tailored to meet the specific needs of each country it partners with. Jamaica receives much needed support in areas such as debt reduction, justice and security, human rights, agricultural diversification, infrastructure development, rural and social development, private sector development, environmental protection and education. With over forty years of partnership with Jamaica, the European Union continues to strengthen its relationship with Jamaica. This is demonstrated by the number of persons who have benefited from its programmes and the good relationship the EU in Jamaica shares with its implementing partners.
Jamaica, as a member of the Caricom Community plays a vital role in policy discussion between Caricom and the EU as well as in coordinating the benefits of resources made available under the EU strategy for the Caribbean. Jamaica is also one of the countries that participate in the EU-Latin America (LAC) summits bi-annually in an effort to better coordinate action in political, social and economic spheres.
The Head of the EU Delegation to Jamaica is Ambassador Paola Amadei. EU Jamaica carries out activities under The Cotonou Agreement which is the most comprehensive partnership agreement between developing countries and the EU. Since 2000, it has been the framework for the EU's relations with 79 countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). EU Jamaica also bears the responsibility of carrying out EU policies and building and maintaining existing partnerships that promote growth, stability and development. With its partners, EU Jamaica works in tandem to develop and carry out various projects that can only serve to benefit our country, and offer support to the ongoing process of regional integration within the Caricom Community.
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