President of the United States of America will pay a State Visit to Jamaica on 9th April 2015, according a release today by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). The president and Prime Minister Simpson Miller will hold bilateral discussions on a range of issues of mutual interest.

During the visit, Jamaica will host an encounter between President Obama and the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for discussions on issues on the CARICOM-USA agenda, including security and trade. They will also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest. The CARICOM-US encounter will be co-chaired by Honourable Perry Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas and current Chairman of CARICOM, and President Obama.

Obama’s visit will mark the second time since our ‘Independence’ that a sitting US President will be visiting Jamaica. Knowing our government, think of all the money they will spend to prepare for his visit but let’s be optimistic.

President Obama and the CARICOM Heads of Government are expected to proceed from the high-level encounter in Jamaica to Panama City for the Sixth Summit of the Americas to be held 10th to 11th April 2015.