牙买加驻华大使拉尔夫•托马斯(H.E. Mr. Ralph Thomas)阁下在官邸会见中外新闻社韦燕总裁
Mr. Ralph Thomas came to China and became the Jamaican Ambassador to China on July 21st 2013. Before coming to China, he worked in the IMF and the Bank of Jamaica. Recently, we had an exclusive interview with this legendary Jamaican diplomat. He said, I am very proud that I have the opportunity to work as the Ambassador to China and witness the great achievements of China's development.
Journalist: “Hello Mr. Ambassador, since China and Jamaica established the diplomatic relations in 1972, Jamaica has been one of the most important trading partners in the Caribbean region. As the Ambassador to China, would you please share your impressions about China with us? Do you enjoy working in China?”
牙买加驻华大使拉尔夫•托马斯(H.E. Mr. Ralph Thomas)阁下同中外新闻社总裁韦燕友好交流
Ambassador Thomas said, since arriving in China in July 2013, I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to engage with China in the areas of economic, social, cultural, political and public diplomacy to deepen the relationship between our two countries, China and Jamaica. I have enjoyed working in China. I have also travelled to other parts of China and had the opportunity to see firsthand the results of China’s development and new initiatives to foster improvements in the lives of its people through urbanization programs, industry creation to provide employment and national income, and efforts to create sustainable development and ecological civilization.
“You have worked as a senior officer in the banking industry in New York for more than 22 years and professionally trained by the IMF. You have such high-level experience in banking, commercial trading, finance and related fields. As the Ambassador to China, how will you promote China and Jamaica’s bilateral cooperation in infrastructure, investment, culture, tourism and other popular sectors?” we asked.
“As the Ambassador, I have the opportunity to interact with decision-makers in various Ministries and Agencies of Government, State Owned Enterprises, Public and Private Companies and establish deeper understandings regarding people to people exchanges, culture and win-win opportunities that exist in the areas of trade, infrastructure creation and investments. Because the world is a rapidly changing place it is important to understand the fundamental economic principles that underlay our economy and the global economy and be able to creatively make the necessary adjustments to our business models and relationships to respond to these realities. I will work harder to listen to new ideas and to share my insights based upon my experiences with the Chinese people and foster harmonious coexistence and shared development as a basis for future cooperation. Tourism is an important industry in Jamaica and provides an opportunity for enhanced people to people exchanges and shared enjoyment of the great natural beauty and diversity of Jamaica, its people and its culture. I believe Jamaica the land of Usain Bolt, Reggae music and Blue Mountain coffee is a unique part of human civilization to be enjoyed by all. We have made it easier to travel to Jamaica by waiving the requirement for Tourism Visas for Chinese nationals.” he answered.
牙买加驻华大使拉尔夫•托马斯(H.E. Mr. Ralph Thomas)阁下为中外新闻社成立14周年题词
“In the Shanghai World Expo, we visited the Jamaican pavilion. Jamaica is known as “the Country of Blue Mountain”, and it has abundant resources and splendid culture. Could you please introduce about Jamaican unique culture and characteristics?”
“Jamaica is an island surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful white sand beaches, hotels and attractions which are enriched by the cities, towns and villages that are in close proximity and which reflect the rich ethnic diversity of its people, the unique personality and style of the Jamaican which is to be hospitable and welcoming of visitors. Our tangible and intangible culture is unique and is enhanced by creativity in song and dance, giving rise to music shared by the entire world, such as the famous reggae music of Bob Marley and other Jamaican artists. The expression of the desire to achieve the best in human development is seen in our athleticism in many sports and domination of sprinting at the international level. Our air and water is fresh and pure, our majestic Blue Mountain that forms a central ridge in our island is like a figure of a sleeping dragon, on the back of which grows the rarest and finest Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, acknowledged as the best in the world. From Jamaica, visitors can travel to other locations in Latin America and the Caribbean through Cruise Shipping to other destinations. The Shanghai Pavilion served the purpose of increasing knowledge of Jamaica’s tourism and other features and provided a platform for discussing alliances with Tour Operators, Travel Agents, Airlines and other strategic partners in the important quest of increasing significantly the number of Chinese visitors travelling to our beautiful location. ”
Thank you very much for accepting our interview today!
中外新闻社高层拜会牙买加驻华大使拉尔夫•托马斯(H.E. Mr. Ralph Thomas)阁下