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Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller said 190 priority beautification projects have now been identified across the island on which work should commence in another few weeks. A total of $298 Million have also been approved under the Tourism Enhancement Fund for projects in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Negril.
The Prime Minister was speaking on Wednesday (May 16) at the unveiling of the Kingston Waterfront Beautification project which was renovated at a cost of $15 Million by First Caribbean International Bank and the Urban Development Corporation (UDC).
Mrs. Simpson Miller said there were immediate and long-term benefits to be derived from the government’s islandwide beautification programme, adding that a clean and beautiful environment contributes greatly to civic pride and national productivity.
“A dirty and unhealthy environment has a negative impact on business and investment, as well as the country’s ability to attract visitors” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.
She said a clean and healthy environment was a basic right for all citizens whether they live uptown or downtown. She said the state alone could not be successful in this effort and that it required the participation of all sectors of the society. In this regard, the Prime Minister commended the collaborative effort between First Caribbean International Bank and the UDC on the initiative to beautify the Kingston Waterfront.
Mrs. Simpson Miller said that other beautification projects scheduled to come on stream are designed to restore Kingston to its former glory. The projects include the $80 Million refurbishing of the St. William Grant Park and the construction of a transportation centre at a cost of $300 Million. She said these and other beautification projects will be made sustainable through the involvement and participation of citizens in all communities, working in partnership with private and public agencies and companies.
Managing Director of First Caribbean International Bank Milton Brady, said the bank was committed to maintaining the park for the next three years. He said the bank’s contribution to the project represents 1 per cent of its before tax profits which is allocated for work in communities in where the bank has operations.
Architect Ann Hodges and landscape designer Susan Spence made their services available to the project free of cost.

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