TOURISM INTERESTS: PM Bruce Golding met with members of the Tourism Advisory Council at Jamaica House on Friday, June 3, where a range of issues affecting the success of the tourism industry was raised. Chairman of the Council, Maurice Facey, received assurance that government was making moves to ensure orderly development of the resort areas and Kingston. The tourism officials also discussed the need to provide better housing for tourism workers.
AN EDUCATION: At the contract signing for $45 million of repairs to the Tivoli Gardens High School on Thursday, June 2, PM Bruce Golding was assured by Education minister, Andrew Holness (centre), that the work would cause minimal disruption to school activities. The works start in June and will continue for six months. At far right from are Permanent Secretary (Education) Audrey Sewell and Director of Project Management and Technical Services, Errol Holding.
BETTER TO BE PREPARED: Last Thursday, PM Golding received reports from agencies critical to the nation’s readiness to respond to a hurricane at a meeting at Jamaica House. The police say that the force's hurricane orders have already been issued and that they will be on the alert for looting; the telecommunications providers have started their readiness to be able to provide services after a major storm; local government parish committees have been meeting; and the National Works Agency is identifying sources of equipment to clear blocked roads.
THREE'S COMPANY: Vice President of the Planning and Corporate Department at JAMPRO, Dr. Dana Morris Dixon, greets PM Golding at last Thursday's Invest in Jamaica: Kingston Forum at the Terra Nova Hotel. Mr. Golding said the seminar is important to an Investor’s Conference that is to be held in October, as investors can now begin to position investment approaches and strategies and policy thinking. Photographed also is JAMPRO President, Mrs. Sancia Bennett Templer.
ASIAN CONNECTION: The Prime Minister welcomed new Chinese Ambassador, Zheng QingDian, to Jamaica at a courtesy call paid on him last Friday at Jamaica House. Mr. Golding said he was impressed with the impact that China has on the world and that Jamaica can learn much from them, adding that he looks forward to the continued strengthening of the relationship between both countries.