Excerpt from Observer Column - 17 April 2017
by Jean Lowrie-Chin
Kington Mayor Senator Delroy Williams hosted a colourful launch of the 145th Anniversary celebration as Kingston as the Capital City of Jamaica. The launch which took place at South Parade, featured the talented Lannaman’s and Tivoli Dance Troupes, the Mico University Choir and a smart march-past by the Jamaica Constabulary Force. JIS reporter Chad Bryan noted, “It included the reading of the history of Kingston by Executive Director of the Institute of Jamaica, Vivian Crawford, and the symbolic lowering of the Spanish Town flag and the breaking of the Kingston flag, signifying the change in the seat of power as Jamaica’s capital on April 4, 1872.”
In an interview with blogger Emma Lewis, Mayor Williams spoke passionately about his plans for Kingston. “I want to make Kingston the number one city in the Caribbean – the capital city of the Caribbean – and a truly global city,” her told her.
Digicel Chairman Denis O’Brien shares this vision, establishing his impressive Digicel Regional Headquarters on the Kingston waterfront and funding the extensive renovation of the Coronation Market. GraceKennedy’s new headquarters now under construction, is testimony to that 95-year-old company’s faith in the city.
When questioned about his plans to tackle solid waste and create more green spaces, the Mayor gave Emma a refreshing response: “It’s not just a question of funds. It’s a question of using the funds efficiently and without waste.”
Congratulations to the Mayor, Town Clerk Robert Hill and the KSAC Team on their bold steps.