July 8, 2022 | By Colin O. Jarrett |
The Conference of Heads of Government and the entire Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are shocked and saddened by the assassination of the former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.
Mr Abe is well remembered in CARICOM as in 2014, he became the first Prime Minister of Japan to visit the region and met with Heads of Government taking to a new level the political engagement between CARICOM and Japan.
Shinzo Abe was a friend of Jamaica and one of the most gracious world leaders I have had the privilege of interacting with. His killing is shocking and deeply disturbing. I extend heartfelt condolences to his family and the people of Japan in this very sad moment. pic.twitter.com/u7VwgZ1lAd
— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) July 8, 2022
It was during that visit the Prime Minister signaled Japan’s support recognizing the vulnerability of Small Island and low-lying coastal Developing States, SIDS and expressed Japan’s willingness to take into consideration issues other than Gross Domestic Product, GDP per capita as criteria for determining the provision of official development assistance.
It was Prime Minister Abe, during the Summit in Port-of-Spain, reset CARICOM-Japan relations by outlining his country’s three-pillar Policy towards the Community.
The Press Release further states that CARICOM is highly appreciative of Mr Abe’s significant contribution to enhancing relations between the Region and Japan.