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JCDC makes $60m Claro connection

Published:Friday | April 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Laura Redpath, Senior Gleaner Writer

Communications network Claro has pledged cash and support to the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) programmes, amounting to $60 million over a three-year period.

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Olivia Grange accepted the support with open arms, saying this commitment was the largest contribution made by a corporate company throughout the 48-year history of the JCDC.

In a release from the JCDC, Grange was quoted as saying, "(The) strong private-sector partnership is a critical component of the JCDC's overall rebranding and revitalisation strategy."

Claro has offered to put "special touches" on events, while adding new and "exciting" elements.

The release also said the joint venture with Claro and JCDC was meant to support and improve Jamaican cultural development.

The contract, signalling the partnership, was signed Wednesday at the JCDC's Kingston office.