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Expert in urban renewal to visit Jamaica

Published:Wednesday | September 21, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Pedro Otiz Castano

One of the world's leading experts in urban renewal will be in Jamaica next month to offer insights related to the revitalising of downtown Kingston and the island's capital city.

While in the island, he is expected to have discussions with several individuals and leaders of institutions having a direct interest in Kingston's redevelopment.

Pedro Ortiz Castano, deputy director of the Council of Architects of Madrid in Spain and currently on secondment to the World Bank, will be in Jamaica to participate in some prestigious events in celebrating Eishenhower Fellowship Day in Jamaica.

Castano is a former mayor for Madrid's Central District and also director general for town and regional planning.

Eisenhower Fellowships is a private, non-profit organisation established in 1953 to honour former United States President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, for his contribution to humanity as a soldier, statesman, and world leader. The organisation engages professionals from around the world to enhance their leadership skills, broaden their network of contacts, deepen their global perspectives, and unite them in a diverse, global community where dialogue, understanding, and collaboration lead to a more prosperous, just, and peaceful world.

Jamaicans who received Eisenhower Fellowships in the past include Horace Barber, Astill Sangster, Dr Earl Spencer Taylor, Dr Keith Panton, Jennifer Cox, Morin Seymour, Pauline Rosalind Gray and Sandra Glasgow.