Nadisha Hunter, Staff Reporter
With the country focused on entering into a new agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the head of the Kingston Restoration Company (KRC), Morin Seymour, is expressing confidence that if the necessary strategies are put in place, the country could move forward in a dynamic way.
Seymour, who was speaking during a Rotary Club of St Andrew luncheon at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, said the KRC sees the new period of negotiation with the lending agency as one of innovation and creativity, even as persons try to determine how to move the nation forward.
He said he was confident that, with the company's rich history of achievements dating back to the 1980s when the country had entered into a similar deal with the IMF, it would continue on a successful path in serving the people of the area.
Seymour cited a number of the accomplishments of the KRC under the Inner Kingston Project 1986 to 1994 as evidence of its successes. Among those successes are job creation for 4,614 persons, building 600,000 square feet of production space together with 87,500 square feet of space for Government offices, the installation of traffic signals at 12 intersections and also meeting the health needs of the residents.
"We did this during the 1980s quite successfully, and our plan is to do it again at a time in which everyone is trying to determine how to move our nation forward," he said.
"All of us from the public and private sectors will have to learn how to contribute to this forward movement of our economy and not to look back at the mistakes that we might have made," he said.
Alluding to the then Desnoes and Geddes which, in 1986, donated its old headquarters to the restoration effort (for J$500), he said the different sectors should aim to follow on the same path.
"Today, that building is home of a vibrant furniture manufacturing company employing 27 employees, the ROKTOWA Limited, an agency that has an artistic residency programme for both fine and applied arts, restoring our people as well as home to a social outreach of Red Stripe itself," he explained.