When “60” Meets with “50”, Together for a Shared Future
Chinese Ambassador to Jamaica Chen Daojiang Contributes a Signature Article to Jamaican Media
8 August 2022
On the occasion of upcoming 60th anniversary of the independence of Jamaica, I would like to, on behalf of the Chinese Government and Chinese people, extend warm congratulations and best wishes to the Jamaican Government and Jamaican people. We are very glad to share the great happiness and joyness of the holiday with brotherly and sisterly Jamaicans.
60 years ago, Jamaica declared its independence after long-term struggle and unremitting efforts by Jamaican people, opening a brand-new chapter in Jamaican history. Since then, Jamaica has been embarking on a new journey of seeking prosperity for the country and bringing happiness to the people. Over the past 60 years, under the strong leadership of Jamaican leaders and arduous efforts of Jamaican people, Jamaica has been making big progress in socioeconomic development. Jamaica’s economic growth reached 8.2% in 2021/2022 fiscal year, laying a solid foundation for recovery from the COVID-19. Jamaica’s unemployment rate was 6% in April 2022, a record low. Jamaica has been constantly pushing forward its causes in various areas such as digital transformation, infrastructure construction and environmental protection, and has yielded positive progresses. Jamaican athletes proved Jamaica as a major sports country once again with excellent performances at the World Athletics Championships concluded not long ago. Jamaica also plays an active and important role in international and regional affairs. Diamond Jubilee of independence provides a great opportunity for Jamaica to gather national strength and plan for future development. I sincerely wish that Jamaica would achieve the goal of “Reigniting a Nation for Greatness” and become “the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business”.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Jamaica, which is another joyful event. Jamaica was among the first several Caribbean countries to establish diplomatic relations with China. Over the past 50 years, under the strategic guidance of the leaders of our two countries, China-Jamaica relations maintain steady and sound development. The bilateral practical cooperation has continuously been deepened, and the people-to-people exchanges between two countries have broadly been carried out, bringing many tangible benefits to our two countries and two peoples. China-Jamaica relations set up an example for developing countries to respect each other, treat each other as equals and seek win-win cooperation. Over the past 50 years, China’s accumulative investment in Jamaica has exceeded US$2.1 billion. The bilateral trade volume reached US$816 million in 2021. The China-aid new headquarter of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, the Chinese Garden at Hope Royal Botanical Gardens, and the Confucius Institute at Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) have been the witnesses and symbols of China-Jamaica friendship and cooperation. China sent two “Bright Journey” Medical Missions to carry out ophthalmology therapy in Jamaica, which helped return a bright and colorful world to hundreds of Jamaican cataract patients. The China-aid Jamaica Western Children’s Hospital currently under construction, and the Montego Bay Perimeter Road Project, South Coast Highway Project as well as the JISCO-Alpart Bauxite Upgrading and Revamping Project contracted by Chinese enterprises will improve medical services, strengthen infrastructure construction, create more jobs and promote economic growth for Jamaica, and these projects will become the new symbols and landmarks of mutually-beneficial cooperation between China and Jamaica. Jamaica’s reggae music, rum, Blue Mountain coffee provide Chinese people with enriched and diversified access to material and cultural experiences. We also welcome more Jamaica-featured products and services such as seafood, pork and tourism being exported to China so as to promote economic recovery and development of our two countries.
When 60th anniversary of the independence of Jamaica meets with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Jamaica, additive momentum and good opportunity are provided for Jamaica’s own development, China-Jamaica relations and practical cooperation between our two countries. Both countries should seize this historical opportunity to work together, under the strategic guidance of the leaders of our two countries, to enhance bilateral practical cooperation in various areas, jointly promote high-quality Belt and Road cooperation and implement the Global Development Initiative, so as to promote China-Jamaica Strategic Partnership to a higher level, bring more benefits to our two countries and two peoples, and make contributions to building a community with a shared future for mankind!
I wish Jamaica prosperity and Jamaican people happiness and wellness! May China-Jamaica relations gain steady and greater development! May China-Jamaica friendship last forever!