Good morning everyone and welcome to this historic occasion as the urban development corporation (UDC) is pleased to launch two very important policies, sexual harassment & disability. This represents our commitment to ensuring that our staff at the UDC will have the enabling environment to maximize their productivity.
In January 2014, the Forum Hotel was sold to a group of private investors - Portmore Marina Development Limited. As a condition of the sale, the UDC was obligated to clear the Forumbeach of all occupants. The UDC therefore had to remove the illegal occupants who were operating there. They subsequently issued the residents Notices to Quit the beach.
Ladies and Gentlemen, on behalf of the Chairman of the UDC K.D Knight, Chairman of the MBCC Board Mr. Andrew Azar, Board members, Ms. Dittie Guise and SMG I would like to welcome you all.....I am delighted to be with you today for the opening of JAMPRO’s Office here at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.
It is not often that the urban development corporation gets the opportunity to speak for 30 minutes in a setting like this, in what the organisers have branded a lecture series. We will treat this therefore as a golden opportunity to update you our valued stakeholders on our work in Downtown Kingston and Port Royal.
I am happy to be here in Hellshire today for the UDC’s 7th annual Hellshire Enviro Fair. This year is a special one for the UDC as we celebrate our 45th anniversary and are pleased to be collaborating with the national environment and planning agency (NEPA), through a project called “mitigating the threat of invasive alien species in the insular Caribbean”. You will hear more about this throughout the day.
SPEACKING NOTES - MR. DESMOND MALCOLM, GENERAL MANAGER (URBAN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION)
We are here today to celebrate the historic achievements of the green grotto caves as it is the first tourist attraction in the history of Jamaica to receive platinum certification, representing 10 years of continuous certification with Earthcheck. The attraction received this certification in April 2012 valid until March 2013. Efforts are now underway to conduct a re-certification exercise.
SPEAKING NOTES - DESMOND MALCOLM, GENERAL MANAGER (URBAN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION)
I am pleased to be here this morning to celebrate the work of the UDC not just here in Hellshire, but all the way to old harbour bay, through this latest collaborative effort between the corporation, NEPA and our international partners.
We at the UDC consider ourselves to be partners in development with the communities within our designated areas. We believe that collaboration is integral to the success of our work and mission.