State Visit of President of India to Jamaica and St. Vincent & Grenadines (May 15-21, 2022)

New Delhi: Hon’ble President of India, H.E. Mr. Ram Nath Kovind, paid a State visit to Jamaica and St. Vincent & Grenadines (SVG) from 15 – 21 May 2022. This was the first ever visit by an Indian Head of State to these countries.

​President visited Jamaica from 15 – 18 May 2022. During the visit, he holds delegation level talks with his counterpart, the Governor General of Jamaica, The Most Hon’ble Sir Patrick Allen. He was also met with the Prime Minister, The Most Hon’ble Andrew Holness, and other dignitaries. He addressed the Joint Sitting of the two Houses of Jamaican Parliament.

​Jamaica and India have friendly relations. Jamaica is also one of the Girmitya countries with a 70,000 strong Indian diaspora, who act as a living bridge with India. The visit comes at a significant milestone as 2022 is the 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Jamaica. Furthermore, India and Jamaica are celebrating 75th and 60th anniversary of their independence respectively.

​President also paid a state visit to SVG from 18-21 May 2022. During the visit, he holds discussions with his counterpart Governor General H.E. Ms. Susan Dougan. He also met with the Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves as well as other dignitaries. He addressed the House of Assembly of SVG.

​SVG is an important partner of India. India and SVG were both non-permanent members of the UNSC in 2021 and shared good cooperation during this period.

​Jamaica and SVG are active members in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The first ever Head of State visit to these countries is a continuation of India’s high-level engagement with the countries in the Caribbean region and emphasizes our continued commitment to work with Small Island developing countries.

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