Sun | Dec 9, 2018

McKenzie holds talks with Chinese ambassador on fixing parochial roads

Published:Thursday | April 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Desmond McKenzie (right), local government minister, and Chinese Ambassador to Jamaica Tian Qi exchange ideas during a courtesy call on the minister at his Hagley Park Road offices in Kingston, on Tuesday.

With deplorable road conditions in many parts of rural Jamaica posing serious problems to farmers and motorists, Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie has begun preliminary talks with the Chinese ambassador to explore areas of support, including repairs to parochial roads.

On Tuesday, Chinese Ambassador Tian Qi paid a courtesy call on McKenzie at his Hagley Park Road offices in Kingston during which local government issues were discussed.

In a Gleaner interview, McKenzie said that the Chinese diplomat expressed a keen interest in local government. In terms of the state of parochial roads, McKenzie said that Ambassador Tian was "appreciative of the problems," adding that on the matter of procurring fire trucks and garbage trucks, the ambassador's response was encouraging.

The local government minister said that he would now have dialogue with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson Smith to prepare documents in pursuit of further talks with the Chinese representatives.

He indicated that the dialogue with the Chinese would continue with the hope of securing some benefits for local government.