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Atlanta's Mayor to lead trade delegation to Montego Bay in October

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Washington DC, May 23, 2013 - Mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reid is to lead a trade delegation to Montego Bay comprising of twelve of Atlanta top business executives, in an effort to deepen the trading relationship between both sister cities.

The commitment to lead the delegation was given by Mayor Reid, during talks with the Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris on Tuesday, May 21, at Atlanta City Hall, downtown Atlanta.

Mayor Harris was leading a six person delegation to Atlanta comprising members of the Montego Bay parish Council Atlanta/Montego Bay Sister-Cities Committee and the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“I believe that a trade mission from Atlanta to the city of Montego Bay will be beneficial to both cities. I think the economic potential that are available in Montego Bay and Atlanta and by extension, Jamaica, it is just extraordinary”, Mayor Reid, said.

He pointed out that the Atlanta trade delegation will be looking at various investment opportunities in Montego Bay, including manufacturing, Information Technology, tourism, and real estate, among others.

Mayor Reid stated that the trade mission will coincide with the 20th Atlanta/Montego Bay Sister-Cities Health Mission in October, at which time he will have an opportunity to see the work that is being done by the medical team.

He promised to provide more support for the health mission which has seen over fifty thousand   Patients over the nineteen years that they have been visiting the Sister City of Montego Bay.

Mayor Reid disclosed that the city of Atlanta would be willing to assist the City of Montego Bay with well needed firefighting equipment among others which formed part of the discussion between both Mayors.

The Atlanta Mayor commended the government of Jamaica for the upgrading of the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay which was now a world class facility and was willing to offer technical assistance based on he fact that Hartsfield-Jackson International, owned by the City of Atlanta.

Montego Bay’s Mayor, Glendon Harris for his part, welcomed the decision by Mayor Reid to lead the trade mission in Montego Bay, noting that both cities have had a Sister city relationship for over 30 years.

He said he was looking at strengthening the existing relationship so it can be more beneficial to both cities. Mayor Harris requested support from his counterpart in promoting and marketing the Montego Bay Convention Centre, as well as, the Catherine Hall Sports Complex and the Trelawny Stadium near Falmouth.

Both mayors held discussions on a wide range of topics, including tourism, cultural and educational exchanges, strengthening the relationship of both cities, training of firefighting personnel, improving service delivery and solid waste management.

The Montego Bay’s Mayor arrived in Atlanta on Saturday, May 18, on a 4 day official visit at the invitation of his counterpart, Mayor Kasim Reid.

While in Atlanta, they attended a joint Sister-Cities meeting, where they met with representatives of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, members of the Atlanta City Council and held discussions with the representatives of the Atlanta Solid Waste Department and representatives of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

The delegation which includes Gerald Lee, Secretary/Manager, St James Parish Council; Counselor Suzette Brown, Chairman of the Civic and Community Affairs Committee; Fred Smith, Chairman of the Atlanta/Montego Bay Sister-Cities Committee; Andre Dixon; Mary Chambers members of the Atlanta/Montego Bay Sister-Cities Committee; Ms. Cheryl Royal, Personal Assistant to Mayor Harris.