The Jamaica government today received a $2.3-billion grant from the European Union, the EU.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller says $1-billion will be used for debt reduction and growth enhancement.

The remaining $1.3-billion will be used to reduce poverty in sugar producing areas.

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The Prime Minister says the EU’s continued support is a vote of confidence in the country’s Economic Reform Programme.

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The EU says the grant was given to mark 40 years of continued partnership with Jamaica.

The European Union has also committed to providing another $3-billion to improve the country’s justice system.