Jamaica - Relations with the United States, Britain, and Canada
Our policy priorities include promotion of responsible and democratic governance for all Jamaicans, economic growth, energy sector transformation, and shared. Visualizations; Exports; Imports; Trade Balance; Destinations; Origins; Product The top export destinations of Jamaica are the United States ($M), Canada. The United States established diplomatic relations with Jamaica in The United States is Jamaica's most important trading partner.
Nevertheless, during his visit to the United States inPrime Minister Shearer declared that his party, the JLP, had reoriented its foreign relations priority away from Britain to the United States. Tensions arose occasionally, however, over the dominance of foreign firms in the Jamaican economy in the s, continuing colonial patterns of trade, racial antagonism, emigration of well-educated Jamaicans to the United States, and the nation's ambivalent attitude toward the United States as a global power.
Jamaica's foreign policy orientation shifted again under Michael Manley, who decided that Jamaicans, in order to solve their economic problems, needed to break out of their traditional reliance on the United States and the Commonwealth of Nations.
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Jamaican-United States relations were strained after the Manley government established diplomatic relations with Cuba in lateat a time when a majority of the Organization of American States OAS had voted against such recognition. In Julythe Manley government declared the United States ambassador, who was a political appointee, persona non grata; the ambassador had claimed before a congressional committee that he had made a "deal" with Manley, promising American support of Manley's candidacy in the elections in exchange for his promise not to nationalize the bauxite industry.
Also contributing to strained relations were the Manley government's imposition in mid of a production levy on companies producing bauxite in Jamaica and its move to acquire percent control of the industry see Role of Government, this ch.
In the late s, Jamaican-United States relations were aggravated further by Manley's anti-United States rhetoric in Third World forums, his government's close relations with Cuba, his staunch support for Cuban interventionism in Africa, and his defense of the placement of Soviet combat troops in Cuban bases.
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After becoming prime minister inSeaga reversed Jamaica's pro-Cuban, Third World-oriented foreign policy and began close, cooperative relations with the United States administration of President Ronald Reagan.
Seaga was the first foreign leader to visit Reagan following the latter's inauguration in January A Stone Poll conducted that month indicated that 85 percent of the Jamaican electorate supported Seaga's close ties to Reagan.
This includes bilateral efforts to increase trade and investment as well as traditional development work. Fourth, we endorse the concept of full and equal citizenship for all Jamaicans. Every person on this island deserves equal protection under the law: So how do we translate these broad goals into specific policy initiatives?
We recognise the many sacrifices and understand there will be further challenges. I urge business leaders to back not just the legislative changes but the tangible implementation. A successful IMF programme will put Jamaica back on solid financial footing to make those essential public investments in infrastructure, education, health, and security. Trade Second, Jamaica must fully embrace the strategic importance of trade.
Trade is key to defeating Jamaica's economic stagnation. I challenge the private sector to double US-Jamaican trade over the next decade.
To achieve this goal, Jamaica must lower barriers to trade, streamline the bureaucracy, and simplify systems to let business flourish. To compete regionally and globally, Jamaica cannot sit in the middle of the pack, it must be in the forefront as an attractive place to do business. Every time Jamaica upholds its international obligations under the World Trade Organisation, every time the courts move quickly to resolve commercial disputes, every time regulations are simplified and corruption is curtailed, it signals this attractiveness to the global market.
In recognition of the special relationship with the Caribbean, for over 30 years, the US Government has unilaterally provided Jamaica with preferential market access, such as under the Caribbean Basin Initiative. The Government of Jamaica also seeks to attract U. More than 80 U.
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Jamaica–United States relations
Agency for International Development USAID assistance to Jamaica since its independence in has contributed to reducing the population growth rate, the attainment of higher standards in a number of critical health indicators, and the diversification and expansion of Jamaica's export base.
USAID's primary objective is promoting sustainable economic growth.
Other key objectives are improved environmental quality and natural resource protection, strengthening democratic institutions and respect for the rule of law, as well as family planning.
The Peace Corps has been in Jamaica continuously since