The timing of the announcement of the blacklisting of Jamaica and other African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states was unfortunate, Malgorzata Wasilewska, the outgoing European Union (EU) ambassador, has said.
In a Gleaner interview at the end of her assignment in the region, the EU diplomat acknowledged that it was “upsetting to know that your country has been greylisted or blacklisted”.
Wasilewska said it was too early to measure the impact of the listing on trade or the economy, particularly in the context of COVID-19.
“I think we need to revisit this topic in a few months to come, but I do need to stress that it is not punitive,” Wasilewska told The Gleaner.
However, she made it clear that the blacklisting of Jamaica did not mean that bilateral and regional programmes with the EU would be affected.