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Jamaica lauds bilateral relations with nigeria


The Jamaican Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kamina Johnson-smith, has called for a review of its bilateral agreements with Nigeria in the areas of air transport, trade, culture and tourism.

According to a statement, Johnson-smith spoke when the Nigerian high Commission­er to Jamaica, Ambassador Maureen Tamuno, presented her letter of Credence to the Jamaican minister, and the Governor-general of Jamaica, Patrick Allen.

Johnson-smith, during the presentati­on, applauded the bilateral relations between Jamaica and Nigeria and described the TAC assistance from the Federal Government to Jamaica as “highly rewarding.”

Nigeria’s Technical Aid Corps Scheme, in which profession­als from different fields are sent to some developing nations, received commendati­on for its contributi­ons to the developmen­t and growth of such countries.

Tamuno, in her remarks, noted that Nigeria remained a great investment destinatio­n with its large land mass, human and natural resources, among other endowments, calling for cultural exchange programmes between the two countries.

In a related developmen­t, the President of the Jamaican Senate, Thomas Tavares-finson, alongside other senators, welcomed Tamuno during its parliament­ary sitting, where she shared with the lawmakers her plans for Jamaica and Nigeria.

The envoy, who thanked the senators for honouring her with an invitation, solicited their support to bring her plans to fulfilment, saying Nigeria had the advantage as an investment destinatio­n because of its numerous endowments.

Tamuno, who is also the Ambassador to Belize, haiti and Dominican Republic, and the Permanent Representa­tive to the Internatio­nal Seabed Authority, presented a copy of the letter of credence to the Secretary General of the ISA, Mr Michael lodge.

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