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Policy & History: Overview

The United States and Jamaica have a strong, growing, dynamic partnership.  The United States was one of the first countries to recognize Jamaica’s independence in 1962, and the two nations have historically cooperated on a number of wide-ranging international issues.  Our policy priorities include promotion of responsible and democratic governance for all Jamaicans, economic growth, energy sector transformation, and shared prosperity.  We also work with the Government of Jamaica and other stakeholders to address environmental and health challenges, strengthen law enforcement and the justice sector, and promote regional and global stability.