On 14-15 June Member of Estonian Parliament Mr. Mart Nutt continued the United Nations Security Council campaign visit to the Northern Caribbean region. In the second half ot he week the delegation visited Jamaica, where meetings were held with the President of the Senate, Honourable Thomas Taveares-Finson, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Pearnel Charles and Opposition Senator Honourable Floyd Emerson Morris, Foreign Minister Honourable Kamina Johnson-Smith as well as the Permanent Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister Audrey Sewell.
The discussion with the Foreign Minister focused mainly on the UN and ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States) issues. For Jamaica the key issues in security context are fight against drug trafficking and transit, which is the reason why the Foreign Minister drew attention to the need to treat horizontal security topics also in the UN Security Council. Naturally, Jamaica would like to also give more consideration to climate change and wishes all states to effectively strive towards implementation of Sustainable Development Goals, as this also impacts many nations’ security.
In the Office of the Prime Minister the discussions focused mainly on e-governance and public digital services. Jamaica is considering introducing e-ID and Estonia is an example in this context. Jamaica wishes to exchange experience with Estonia both concerning the introduction of e-government as well as cyber security, because countries can only be successful while developing the two areas in parallel. Jamaica is considered in many ways to be a leader of the region and other states are following attentively, which steps and how successfully Jamaica is taking. The developments in Jamaica in the area of e-governance can influence those of the Caribbean region. Jamaica wishes to establish closer contacts with Estonian institutions and enterprises offering working digital solutions. Jamaican representative has also attended the e Governance Conference in Tallinn organised annually by the Estonian e-governance Academy.
In the Parliament, the delegation had a lively exchange of views about the specifics of different parliamentary systems and weighed the merits and drawbacks of coalition governments.
Mart Nutt: “It was interesting to hear praise from representatives of the majoritarian electoral system for proportional electoral system. The Jamaican politicians said they miss the search for compromise and the debates leading to that.”
The delegation continues its visit next week in Haiti.