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Crown Council Announces Agreement with Jamaican Government

A Statement by the President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia, His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie

Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Horace Chang and Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, The Honourable Olivia Grange met with His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie at Jamaica House. – courtesy Nicholas Melillo

Wednesday, October 19th, 2022, Kingston, Jamaica: the Honorable Madame Olivia Grange, on behalf of the Jamaican Government, and myself, on behalf of the Crown Council of Ethiopia, in the presence of my delegation and the media, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), agreeing to erect a statue of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie in National Heroes Park in Kingston, Jamaica during the next fiscal year.

The Jamaican Minister of Culture invited His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias for an official visit for Heritage Week – the highlight of the first day was visiting Jamaican parliament. Upon arriving, leaders presented the book that Prince Ermias’s grandfather, HIM Emperor Haile Selassie I, signed 56 yrs ago upon his historical trip to the island. A very special moment.
courtesy Nicholas Melillo

The MOU also establishes that both Parties shall collaboratively work together to foster and build upon the relations that were established pursuant to the State Visit made by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1966 in the areas of Education, Sports, Culture, Tourism and Trade. The purpose of the MOU is to also promote prosperity, peace and intercultural exchange amongst the peoples of Ethiopia, Jamaica, Africa and the Diaspora at-large.

HIH Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie, President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia, arrived in the island Thursday night as Jamaica’s special guest for National Heritage Week, being observed from October 9 to 17. He was accompanied to the Upper House by Minister of Culture Olivia Grange; Speaker of the House of Representatives Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert; and members of his delegation. Just before Government Senator Dr Saphire Longmore gave her contribution to the State of the Nation debate, the Senate’s sitting was suspended and HIH was invited to address the House. Prince Ermias said it is a special privilege for him to be in the room where his grandfather spoke several years ago.
courtesy Nicholas Melillo

I would like to take this very joyous moment to thank my delegation who accompanied me and Princess Saba, the Ethiopian Consul in Jamaica, the Jamaican Government for its support and hospitality as well as the Rastafarian Community.