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Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Desmond McKenzie recently met with authorities of the Guadalajara Town Council in Mexico, where he held talks on the development of the Kingston market district.
“If we can in any way do half of what they have done in Mexico, it is something that I believe would augur well for us here in Jamaica in terms of vending and how we design our markets,” Mayor McKenzie said.
He was speaking to journalist yesterday (Sept. 9) at the KSAC’s Church Street offices, where he gave details of his recent visit to the Central American country to view market designs and operations.
The trip, which is the first of two to that country, saw a team comprised of the Mayor; Town Clerk Errol Greene; members of the political directorate; the vending community; and technocrats from the Ministry of Local Government, Youth and Community Development, visiting 11 markets in the City of Guadalajara which Mayor McKenzie said, had been ‘twinned’ with the city of Kingston.
Councillor McKenzie told journalists that his team had “healthy discussions” with the Mayor of Guadalajara and that an official report would be presented to the Ministry, shortly.
The trip which also included visits to Mexico City, Morella and the municipalities of Tonala, Tlaquepaque, and Zapotlan El Grande, provided a first hand view of market lay-outs and operations, which the Mayor described as impressive.