Saturday, 8 January 2011

PM BRUCE GOLDING: Out and About with the Prime Minister

THE SKY'S THE LIMIT: Prime Minister Bruce Golding (second right) watches as cadets from the Marine Division of the Jamaica Combined Cadet Corps (JCCC) raise the National Housing Trust (NHT) flag to mark the 35th anniversary of the Trust. The event was held at Emancipation Park on January 3. Emancipation Park is owned by the NHT. During the ceremony Mr Golding commended the directors and staff members for making the Trust a success, providing assistance to some 60% of homeowners in Jamaica. Also pictured are (from left): President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association, Wayne Jones; Managing Director of the NHT, A. Cecile Watson; and Chairman of the NHT Board, Howard Mitchell.

ON HOUSING: Manager of Information Systems (IS) at the National Housing Trust, Leighton Palmer (right), gives Prime Minister Bruce Golding a tour of his department and the equipment it houses during the PM's visit to the Trust on January 3. At centre is Managing Director of the NHT, A. Cecile Watson. The IS department has allowed the NHT to deliver its services more effectively to contributors across the island and will be integral to its 2011 goal of overseas expansion.

HAITI MATTERS: Prime Minister Bruce Golding (far left) received thanks from the people of Haiti from Haiti’s Prime Minister, Jean Max Bellerive (right side, second left), during a meeting at Jamaica House on January 6. Mr. Bellerive made special mention of the medical supplies and the water trucks recently delivered to assist in the control of the cholera outbreak in his country. Mr. Bellerive said that deaths from the disease were currently on the decline but the threat remained. Mr. Golding hosted the diplomatic corps at a meeting where resident representatives of international agencies and countries had direct access to discuss matters with Mr. Bellerive. From left: Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Douglas Saunders; Office of the Prime Minister Permanent Secretary, Onika Miller. Right side – from left: Legal Council to the President of Haiti, Jean Enex Jean-Charles; Special Envoy from CARICOM to Haiti, former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson; Haitian Ambassador, Max Alce; and Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of Haiti, Luc Garvey Jean-Pierre.

DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMEN: Prime Minister Bruce Golding greets his Haitian counterpart, Jean Max Bellerive, on his arrival for a meeting at Jamaica House on January 6. Following his meeting with Mr. Golding, Mr. Bellerive met the Diplomatic Corps, where he announced that his government was ready to accept the conclusion of the OAS-CARICOM election observer mission currently at work in Haiti.

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