Meeting with Jamaican Prime Minister and Jamaican Community in Addis Ababa

Radisson Blu Hotel Addis Ababa Monday 27th May 2013

portia smithThe Ethiopian World Federation in co-ordination with Dr Deborah Hickling (Director of Operations for Prime Ministers Office), arranges meeting with Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and the Jamaican Community in Shashemane.

Present at this meeting were

Portia Simpson Miller (Jamaican Prime Minister)
Arnold J. Nicholson (Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade)
Ann Scot (Jamaican HC to Nigeria)
Gebre E. Gebru (Jamaican Consular to Ethiopia)
Onika Miller (Permanent Secretary to the Office of the PM)
Dr Deborah Hickling (Director of Operations for Prime Ministers Office)
Approximately 40 members of the Jamaican Community living in Ethiopia

L – R: Ann Scott, Arnold J. Nicholson, Portia Simpson Miller, Onika Miller, Gebre E. Gebru

L – R: Ann Scott, Arnold J. Nicholson, Portia Simpson Miller, Onika Miller, Gebre E. Gebru

Arnold J.  Nicholson (Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade) spoke first, expressing his deep regret that he was out of the country when H.I.M Emperor Haile Selassie I visited Jamaica; his admiration and respect for Ethiopia; the need for improved trade between Jamaica and Ethiopia; and the need for better linkages between the Jamaican government and those living in Ethiopia.
jamaicancomThe PM then spoke at length expressing her delight to be in Ethiopia and to meet the Jamaican community (her people); her regret that she did not have time to visit Shashamane; apologies for short notice to attend meeting and thanks to those that managed to attend; the importance of the Rastafari community (whom she greeted and hailed in the name of Jah); Haile Selassie I’s important role in founding the OAU/AU; assistance with passport renewal via the Jamaican High Commission in Nigeria; the availability of the Jamaican Consular to Ethiopia.
In her closing remarks the Jamaican Prime Minister expressed her concern’s over the illegal status of young Jamaicans in Ethiopia, which she instructed Arnold J.  Nicholson  to address upon his return from China; the possibility of working with the Agricultural College in Jamaica and her intention to raise some of the issues identified with the Ethiopian PM.  Finally, she hugged each member of the community and invited one’s to partake of refreshments that had been provided.

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