Monday, 1 November 2010

JAMAICA HOUSE SPOTLIGHT: Highlights of PM Bruce Golding and team at work

Director of the Meteorological Service, Sylvia McGill (second right) updates Prime Minister Bruce Golding (third left), Ministers and the national emergency response agency heads on the approach of Tropical Storm Tomas into the Central Caribbean. McGill said models suggest that the system is expected to strengthen to hurricane strength and should affect Jamaica by Thursday. The meeting was held at Jamaica House on Monday.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding was delighted to see one of his Jamaica House Live fans, Sashagaye Thompson, whom he had given a wheel chair when she called and told him her story that led to her being placed in a wheelchair for life. She is now a student at the St. Catherine High school and came out to see PM launch the Tax Incentive Programme in Spanish Town designed to attract investment in the old capital last Wednesday.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding (centre) signs the agreement for setting out the terms of reference for the establishment of the Public Sector Monitoring Committee last Thursday. The Committee will, among other things, pursue strategies designed to increase efficiency, while reducing the cost of the delivery of public services with the resulting increase in productivity gains. Others in the photo are (from left) General Secretary of the Jamaica Association of Local Government Officers (JALGO), Helene Davis-Whyte; Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw; Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Arthur Williams; President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association, Wayne Jones and HR Specialist in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Sherona King (standing).

Prime Minister Bruce Golding welcomes the new Ambassador of Spain to Jamaica, Her Excellency Celsa Nuno (l). The PM used the occasion to update her on the strong relations between Jamaica and Spain, noting the tremendous role played by the former Spanish Ambassador, Jesus Silva, which resulted in a number of multi-billion-dollar tourism investments. "The Spanish investors found the formula to provide high quality service at competitive prices," Golding said. He also spoke of the growing improved relations between the Caribbean and Latin American countries and noted that Jamaica looks forward to strengthening the important partnership the country has formed with Spain.

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