By Aaron Humes: The land of ‘One Love’ marks 59 years of independence from the United Kingdom today, Friday, under the theme, “Jamaica 59: Come Mek We Celebrate Online”.
Birthday wishes for the isle of Jamaica arrived early yesterday, Thursday, from its fellow states in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), in a congratulatory message from outgoing CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque to Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
Secretary-General Ambassador LaRocque praised the determination and adaptability of the Jamaican people which enables them to soldier on in the face of the pandemic and other challenges in these uncertain times.
“The Community celebrates your country’s outstanding achievements in fields such as diplomacy, sports, arts, and culture, which are a source of pride for Jamaica and the region,” the Secretary-General’s message said.
“As the Community seeks to recover from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, devastated economies and the recent climate-related disasters, Jamaica’s leadership in the portfolio of External Trade Negotiations within CARICOM’s Quasi Cabinet, and your work with the Prime Minister of Canada and the United Nations Secretary-General with respect to financing the recovery are very crucial,” Ambassador LaRocque added.
Congratulations Jamaica, and have a Red Stripe on us!