Krysta Anderson, Gleaner Writer
It was a warm August evening as a few came out to celebrate the Jamaica Co-operative Credit Union League's (JCCUL) new business venture last Friday night. The specially invited guests were guided by bright blue lights projecting from the beautiful venue to the streets.
More blue light cascading on to artistically decorated streams of plush white decor, complemented by chandeliers, surrounded the stone walkway, leading everyone to the main event.
All in attendance were greeted at the entrance to the garden by Heston Hutton, managing director of JCCUL's subsidiary, Centralised Strategic Service, who also functioned as the evening's host. With an open bar and floating hors d'oeuvres, guests got acquainted and reacquainted with each other. The miniature waterfall to the side added to the soothing ambience, so too did the cool jazz music. The intimate crowd drew closer to the poolside as the cocktail reception began.
Ayanna Kirton, who functioned as the MC, started off the evening's proceedings by welcoming all to the auspicious occasion. The night, an engagement with the company and key strategic partners, celebrated their active involvement in the creation of the Jamaica Credit Union E-payment System (JCUES).
The system, a secured service, is seen as a milestone for Jamaica, the region and all of Latin America. The first mobile technology service will allow local customers to use the e-payment system that is a bill payment and balance inquiry, to do banking transactions through the mobile service devices. LIME, Digicel and Flow Jamaica have all decided to take a chance, jumping on-board this technology-driven innovation. They will all be rolling out this e-payment service to Jamaicans islandwide. The audience listened attentively and responded where necessary as, under the spotlight, several delivered congratulatory speeches on the company's bold initiative to embrace instead of escape technology.