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Jamaica’s first Honorary Consul to the Cayman Islands, Captain Robert Michael Hamaty, who retired recently after 16 years of service, has been honoured for outstanding service.
At a farewell reception last week, in Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Consul General in Miami, Sandra Grant Griffiths, paid tribute to Captain Hamaty, and expressed appreciation for the sacrifice and service with which he carried out his mandate in the Cayman Islands.
In recognition of his “selfless dedication and leadership to Jamaica and her Diasporic community in the Cayman Islands,” the Consul General presented Captain Hamaty with a proclamation on behalf of the Government of Jamaica. The Honorary Consulate serves a large population of Jamaican nationals resident across the region.
The Consul General acknowledged the invaluable work of the Consular staff, and mentioned Elaine Harris, who serves as Honorary Vice Consul.
Mrs. Griffiths said that the commitment of the staff was testament of their dedication in taking an active interest in helping our Jamaican nationals in various ways. These persons, she noted, interfaced on social, trade and consular issues, providing guidance on the pulse of the community.
The Cayman Islands is one of several Honorary Consular offices in the Caribbean under the jurisdiction of the Jamaican Consulate General in Miami, which also has responsibility for the 13 Southern States of the United States of America.
Praising the efforts of Captain Hamaty, Mrs. Griffiths said that, “the Jamaican community in the Cayman Islands has been well served by a man who has distinguished himself, not only in the consular sphere, but in entrepreneurship, commerce, manufacturing, and tourism.”
Captain Hamaty and his wife, Carlene, have created a unique success story in the establishment of Tortuga Rum Company, since 1984. A few years later, they opened the first Tortuga duty free liquor store and introduced the now world famous Tortuga Caribbean Rum Cake, the number one export of the Cayman Islands.
Today, the company is Grand Cayman’s largest duty free and retail liquor business with 18 locations and three bakeries.
Also in attendance at the reception was the Governor of the Cayman Islands, His Excellency, Stuart Jack, who also paid tribute to Captain Hamaty for his commitment to the development of the Jamaican Diaspora and his innovative spirit to the growth of that area.
Mrs. Griffiths said that an appointment for a replacement would be announced soon by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

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