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Jamaica GG calls on Global Community to work collaboratively in addressing COVID-19

#KINGSTON, March 6 (JIS): Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has made a call for the global community to work collaboratively to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19).

          The Governor-General, who was addressing the annual Diplomatic Week dinner at King’s House on Thursday (March 5), said the outbreak of the virus, which has affected more than 70 countries, to date, “underscores the interconnected nature of our global village and the importance of collaborating as a community of nations to control its spread”.

Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (front row, fifth left); Her Excellency, the Most Hon. Lady Allen (front row, fifth right); and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith (front row, fourth left), share a photo opportunity with members of the diplomatic corps, at the annual Diplomatic Week dinner held at King’s House, St. Andrew, on Thursday (March 5). Photo by Adrian Walker

          “There has never been a time of greater need for the world to adhere to the values and principles that bring peace, security, growth and development, while upholding human dignity and fundamental rights,” he said.

          He argued that success in meeting the critical goals of reducing poverty, addressing inequality, mitigating the impact of natural disasters, building climate resilience and combatting the spread of communicable diseases “can only be achieved with the support of our bilateral and multilateral partners”.

          Meanwhile, the Governor-General said that the Government has placed the country on a path towards increased growth and prosperity, which will provide greater opportunities for people to fulfil their dreams.

          He also underscored the Government’s commitment to strengthening collaboration and cooperation with its diplomatic partners in order to ensure “a more promising future for all of our countries in the decade ahead”.


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