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President Chavez arrives on the Island of Jamaica

JIS – President of the Republic of Venezuela, H.E. Hugo Chavez Frias, arrived on the island of Jamaica at noon today, August 23, for a one-day working visit. The President last visited in July 1999.

On arrival at the Sangster International Airport, President Chavez and his 17-member delegation was met by a Commerce, Science and Technology Minister, Phillip Paulwell, Minister of State for National Security, Derrick Kellier, Mayor for Montego Bay, Noel Donaldson and Custos of St. James, Clarence Nelson.

They will have a private meeting with Prime Minister P. J. Patterson at the Ritz Carlton Hotel.

The leaders will later lead their delegations in formal discussions on a number of bilateral issues covering education, tourism cooperation, disaster management, science and technology and culture. The talks will also explore the possibility for the early convening of the Jamaica/Venezuela Bi national Commission, established to deepen cooperation initiatives.

The highlight of the visit will be the finalization of a bilateral agreement, under the PetroCaribe Accord on Energy Cooperation. The leaders will also sign a Joint Communique, which will be followed by a press conference. The PetroCaribe Agreement will assist the region in meeting its energy needs and follows the signing of a framework agreement on June 29 in Venezuela. Other Caribbean countries party to the agreement will overtime, sign bilateral pacts.

Prime Minister Patterson will host a luncheon in honor of Mr.Chavez, who departs the island on Tuesday evening.

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