The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Cuba, Sarath Dissanayake presented the Letter of Credence to the Governor General of Jamaica, Sir Patrick Allen as Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Jamaica on 11th July 2016, at King’s House in Jamaica.
Following the presentation, the Governor General and the High Commissioner engaged in a cordial discussion. The Governor General congratulated the High Commissioner and wished him all success in his new appointment. While emphasizing the fact that Jamaica and Sri Lanka have shared values and interests as members of the Commonwealth, G 77, NAM, G 15 etc, the Governor General underscored the importance of embarking on potential economic ventures mutually beneficial to both countries.
High Commissioner Dissanayake appreciated the Governor General’s kind sentiments and conveyed to him, the greetings and best wishes of the President and people of Sri Lanka. He also briefed the Governor General on the government’s efforts for strengthening peace, democracy, the rule of law, socio - economic empowerment of people. He also expressed his country’s strong interest and commitment to further deepen relations and cooperation with Jamaica during his tenure.
The High Commissioner also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith and exchanged views on matters of mutual interest to both countries. A proposal made by the High Commissioner to consider appointing a Honorary Consul for Jamaica in Colombo was noted with interest. The Minister appreciated the role played by Sri Lanka during its tenure as Chair of Commonwealth and G 15.
High Commissioner Dissanayake also met with the Ministers of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Labour and Social Security, Tourism and Chairman/ Jamaican Chamber of Commerce etc and discussed opportunities to further promote economic interests and cooperation. The Jamaican dignitaries spoke highly of Sri Lanka’s rapid pace of development and its potential to emerge as an economic hub in the South Asian region.
He also met with Sri Lanka’s Honorary Consul in Jamaica Ms. Marjorie Lamont Henriques and had the opportunity to interact with members of the Sri Lankan community and Jamaican friends.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
20th July 2016