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IOSCO participants revel in island vibes

Published:Friday | May 26, 2017 | 5:00 AM
Michael Lee-Chin (right), chairman of Portland Holdings Ltd, with Ranjit Ajit Singh, chairman of the IOSCO Growth and Emerging Markets committee; and Janice Holness, executive director of Financial Services Commission at the Grand, Glitter and Grandeur IOSCO dinner at Hyatt Ziva.
From left: Janet Silvera with Janice Holness, executive director of FSC.
From left: Sylfen McLeod , Dwon Serinash and Alex Williams, analysts at the IOSCO Grand Gala dinner.
Lamar Harris (left), general manager of SSL and Simona Watkiss, regional manager NCB Capital Markets are all smile as they exit the IOSCO grand gala dinner
Carla Allen, senior investigator at the Financial Services Commission, enjoys the evening at the IOSCO Tropical Splendor Cocktail reception held at the Rosehall Greathouse.
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On Tuesday, approximately 325 participants of the 42nd Annual Conference of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), made their way down the cobblestoned pathway that led to the errie mansion of Annie Palmer - dubbed in history as the White Witch of Rose Hall. The old mansion glowed in pink and blue lights adding a magical feel to the night.

Across from the mansion on the damp lawns of the Rose Hall Great House, the participants poured into the white tent that was immaculately decorated and glowed from iridescent lights. Lively conversations buzzed over glasses of wine as the participants indulged in mouthwatering callaloo patties in puff pastries; smoked marlin and cream cheese; and green plantain planks. But that was just the beginning of a night of decadence.

The participants received a warm welcome from acting chairman of the financial services commission Erwin Burton, after which they were invited to dine on finger-licking teriyaki chicken; sweetwood salmon with passion and peppercorn sauce; and curried channa with green peas, to name a few of the delicacies served at the buffet.

Dinner was followed by a one-hour set from Fab 5, who performed crowd favourites, including renditions of the great Bob Marley, along with contemporary hits from artistes such as Black Eye Peas, while the participants jumped and pranced and danced and laughed amid dazzling lights. Some were soaking wet when they left the dance floor. The night ended with the gracious hostesses dressed in white handing them gifts of Rose Hall Rum cakes. The events continued throughout the week with the Grand, Glitter and Grandeur IOSCO dinner at the Hyatt Ziva on Thursday night.