Jamaica’s Energy Minister Daryl Vaz has indicated that the JLP government is open to discussions on reapproaching Venezuela for the purchase of oil.
The relationship between Jamaica and Venezuela soured in 2019 after Jamaica voted not to recognize the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s election win.
The Petrocaribe Agreement, under which Jamaica imported oil from the South American country, ended a year earlier.
However, the opposition PNP party is urging the government to seek help from Venezuela, given the current energy crisis caused by the war in Ukraine.
Speaking in the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives recently, Mr. Vaz accepted the recommendation and committed that the government “will have a discussion at length about the matter.”
In making that statement, Mr. Vaz also announced that the government was in talks with Nigeria as an alternative fuel source.
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