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  • Regional heads and other dignitaries attending the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) 46th annual Board of Governors meeting in Montego Bay, St. James, are hailing the Government and people of Jamaica for the high level of preparation and warm reception.
  • CDB Alternate Governor for Colombia, Alberto De Brigard, was equally impressed.
  • Brazil’s Alternative Director to the CDB, Rodrigo Estrela De Carvalho, said the hospitality he has experienced since the first day of arrival has made the visit “most pleasing.”

Regional heads and other dignitaries attending the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) 46th annual Board of Governors meeting in Montego Bay, St. James, are hailing the Government and people of Jamaica for the high level of preparation and warm reception.

The weeklong meeting, which started on May 16 and ends with a tour of attractions in St. Ann on May 20, is being held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, the Hyatt Ziva Resort, and the Iberostar Hotel.

Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Right Hon. Keith Mitchell, said he is enjoying the first class hospitality.

“I came to participate in this important conference on behalf of the people of Grenada but I also came to enjoy the Jamaican hospitality and all the amenities these properties have to offer,” he noted.

“The workers as usual have been fantastic…very professional and dedicated. This is the kind of first class treatment visitors can be assured of when they come to Jamaica. The Jamaican hospitality is indeed something to savour,” he said.

Dr. Mitchell, who is no stranger to Jamaica, said the island is like a “home away from home.”

CDB Alternate Governor for Colombia, Alberto De Brigard, was equally impressed. “Let me start by adding my voice to those other speakers in expressing our appreciation for the Government and people of Jamaica, where we always find the most gracious hospitality and ambiance. Meeting in this island is a joy,” he said.

United Nations representative and Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All, Rachel Kyte, said the hospitality she has experienced has been “incredible.”

“Jamaica is a beautiful country with an amazing set of hospitality workers,” she said. “Jamaica is famed for its food and hospitality and I can tell you from personal experience that this is no exaggeration. This is a story I can proudly relate to others,” she noted.

President of the CDB, Dr. Warren Smith, also had high praises, saying there is very good reason why Montego Bay is Jamaica’s tourism capital.

“The hospitality has been really great and everyone is having a great time,” he told JIS News. “We have a lot of dignitaries, heads of Government and members of the diplomatic corps here and they will all tell you that the accommodation, the food, the culture, the people…it has all been first class. But again, this is what we have all come to expect when Jamaica gets its chance to host events of this magnitude,” he expressed.

Brazil’s Alternative Director to the CDB, Rodrigo Estrela De Carvalho, said the hospitality he has experienced since the first day of arrival has made the visit “most pleasing.”

“On behalf of the people of Brazil, I want to personally thank the Government and people of Jamaica for this warm welcome and beautiful hospitality. It has been a wonderful experience and I do look forward to coming back,” he said.