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Corporate Area closer to becoming Caribbean capital

Published:Friday | May 5, 2017 | 5:11 AMJason Cross
Steadman Fuller (right), custos rotulorum for Kingston and chairman of the Kingston and St Andrew Development and Homecoming Foundation, chats with Robert Hill (left), CEO of the Kingston and St Andrew Muncipal Corporation, and Morin Seymour, former head of the Kingston Restoration Company, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston on Wednesday.

Another big step was made in the journey to transform Kingston and St Andrew into the capital of the Caribbean yesterday following the official launch of the Kingston and St Andrew Development and Homecoming Foundation at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston.

The foundation is not for profit and as outlined by its chairman, Custos of Kingston Steadman Fuller, the purpose is to bring about economic and social progress in Kingston and St Andrew, by mobilising those here and in the diaspora, to help give it top status as the Caribbean's number one city.

"The clear objective [is] to mobilise and encourage all Kingston and St Andrew citizens and their friends, residing here or overseas, to come together and use human and financial resources for the development of economic, educational, cultural and social capacity of the two parishes to improve quality of life.

 

THE FOUNDATION'S GOAL

 

"The foundation's goal is for Kingston and St Andrew to be the capital of the Caribbean, to foster positive people development through culture, business, heritage, trade and sports," said Fuller.

The launch was graced with the presence of numerous dignitaries, including Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica Masanori Nakano, Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie, and former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

McKenzie fully endorsed the foundation on behalf of Prime Minister Andrew Holness and called on Kingstonians to show allegiance to their birth place.

"It is important as citizens of Kingston and St Andrew that we be proud of our allegiance to the place of our birth, the area we are connected with and the communities that have nurtured us over the years. In order to increase our national sense of pride and to improve quality of life, we must seek to exploit and make use of resources to create opportunities for meaningful social and economic development," McKenzie said.

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