Dialogues between Democracies: The Future of U.S.-Jamaica Bilateral Relations, that’s the theme of a forward thinking project-partnership between the United States Embassy in Kingston and the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI). The Embassy recently issued a grant-award to CaPRI to undertake this project, which aims to advance policy discussions between Jamaica and the United States, underpinned by the Embassy’s strategic objectives.
Recently, CaPRI hosted a project launch at the Knutsford Court Hotel to sensitize its audience to the purpose, scope and expected outcomes of the project. Speakers at the event included Professor Stephen Vasciannie, former Jamaican Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Christopher Tufton, Co-Executive Director, CaPRI and Joshua Polacheck, Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Kingston.
At the event, Polacheck highlighted the U.S. Mission’s four strategic goals in Jamaica which are to – enhance security and law enforcement cooperation, embolden responsible and democratic governance, enable Jamaican health and prosperity and to endorse the concept of full and equal citizenship. He further expressed the US Government’s deep interest in this partnership and its expectation to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
In his presentation, Dr. Tufton asserted that “CaPRI would like to see a more positive future for the bilateral relationship between Jamaica and the United States, one based on the principles that both CaPRI and the United States hold firmly to: transparency, participation, good governance and democracy.” Keynote speaker, Professor Vasciannie also addressed a raft of issues including human rights, crime and its effect on investments and the role of civil society. He said however that Jamaica and the United States share common bonds of friendship as well as profound historical and family ties. He urged all in attendance to redouble their efforts to ensure that these bonds, as well as US-JA shared values, redound to the interest of the people of both the United States and Jamaica.
Other participants at the launch included CaPRI Chairman Dr. Marshall Hall and Dr. Damien King, Co-Executive Director.
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