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An overhead view of a section of New Kingston in Jamaica (File photo)

Japan to provide Jamaica patrol vessels to beef up maritime security

An overhead view of a section of New Kingston in Jamaica (File photo)

The government of Japan has committed to provide Jamaica with patrol and rescue boats to help strengthen its maritime security and disaster response capabilities.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

The announcement came as Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, met last week with his Jamaican counterpart, Andrew Holness at which time the parties agreed on the importance of “free and open” maritime order during their meeting in Tokyo.

“Japan and Jamaica are both maritime nations and important partners that share universal values,” Abe said during a joint press appearance at his office with Holness.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Photo: worldnews.ca)

The provision of vessels will “significantly enhance Jamaica’s maritime security and disaster response capabilities,” Holness said as he expressed appreciation for Japan’s decision.

Japan has been extending support to Jamaica and other Caribbean nations that are vulnerable to natural disasters. Holness said he talked with Abe about climate change that would spell “disaster” for their countries.

“Japan and Jamaica are both maritime nations and important partners that share universal values.”

– Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe

After the summit, Japan signed a convention with Jamaica to avoid double taxation.