Head of State: Queen Elizabeth II
Joined the Commonwealth: 1962
Capital City (location of Parliament): Kingston
Unicameral/Bicameral: Bicameral, House of Representatives and Senate
CPA UK & Jamaica
The UK Parliament and Parliament of Jamaica have a historically strong collaborative relationship.
Following the Jamaican General Election (February 2016), there have been several bilateral visits from Jamaica to the UK and vice versa. In September 2016, CPA UK welcomed a delegation of newly elected Jamaican parliamentarians. In September 2017, CPA UK led a parliamentary delegation to the Parliament of Jamaica in Kingston, Jamaica.
Jamaican parliamentarians are frequent participants and contributors to CPA UK's multilateral programmes, most recently attending CPA UK's Cybersecurity Workshop in February 2020 and the CAPAC Caribbean Regional Workshop in January 2020.
Several Jamaican parliamentarians have joined CPA BIMR Election Observation Missions to UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies. In November 2019, a Jamaican MP was the Head of Mission of the CPA BIMR Election Observation Mission to the Montserrat General Election.
Our Recent Programmes
CPA UK Cybersecurity Workshop, London, 24-27 February 2020
CPA UK hosted a Cybersecurity workshop to help Parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth develop their capacity on Cybersecurity. The objective of this workshop was to explore and support delivery of the commitments in the 2018 Commonwealth Cyber Declaration. This included raising awareness of current cybersecurity threats and challenges. There were discussions on existing international and regional laws, and frameworks on cybersecurity, including the African Union Convention on Cybersecurity and Personal Data Protection, and the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime. The report is available here.
Commonwealth Association of Public Accounts Committees: Caribbean Regional Workshop, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 21-23 January 2020
The CAPAC Caribbean Regional Workshop was attended by 31 Chairs, Members and Clerks from 11 Commonwealth Public Accounts Committees in the region. Participating PACs joined from Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos Islands. Delegates exchanged good practice for financial scrutiny and oversight and collaborated to find approaches to shared challenges. The workshop formed part of CPA UK's work in the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D).
CPA BIMR Election Observation Mission to Montserrat, Montserrat, 11-20 November 2019
From 11-20 November 2019, international observers carried out an independent Election Observation to the Montserrat 2019 General Election. The Mission concluded the elections were “vibrant, peaceful and highly competitive”, but also made a significant number of recommendations for future improvements. The Mission was headed up by Hon. Julian Robinson MP from the Parliament of Jamaica who was joined by representatives and election and campaign experts from the Isle of Man, Anguilla, Ireland, Denmark, France and the UK. The report is available here.
CPA UK Delegation to Jamaica, Kingston, 18-22 September 2017
The CPA UK delegation to Jamaica followed a visit by Jamaican Parliamentarians to Westminster in September 2016. The bilateral programme, which involved various meetings with representatives from government, parliament, civil society and NGOs, provided UK delegates with a wide-ranging overview of Jamaica’s current political, economic and social outlook as well as the challenges faced. The relationship between Jamaica and the UK was also widely discussed and areas for possible collaboration and partnership were identified.