Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Honourable Olivia Grange, said farewell to out-going Brazilian Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Alexandre Ruben Milito Guieros, at her ministry, Trafalgar Road, Kingston on Thursday (December 2).
The Minister said she was not only pleased with the strong relations Jamaica and Brazil have enjoyed over the years, but also that Ambassador Guieros has significant family ties to Jamaica.
Ambassador Gueiros leaves Jamaica on Saturday to take up his new posting in the Netherlands. The grandfather of his wife was George Dodd, who is from Mandeville, Manchester, an urban planner who was largely responsible for the layout of the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo.
(2) Brazilian Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Alexandre Ruben Guieros, accepts some gifts from Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Honourable Olivia Grange, during a farewell call on the Minister at her Ministry, Trafalgar Road, Kingston on Thursday, December 1.
“This is great news. We must get more information about Mr. Dodd and his life in Brazil for inclusion in the section of the Jamaica 50 Celebrations in 2012, which will highlight the contributions of Jamaicans to the world,” the Minister responded.
“In the same breath, we think of Jimmy Cliff, our Reggae icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, whose huge fan base in Brazil is among the largest in the world, and we must also remember former Minister of Culture in Brazil, Gilberto Gil, who is himself a Reggae artiste,” the Minister added.
She said that these ties were indicative of the closeness of the two countries, not only at the government-to-government level, “but also the blood and cultural ties that exist between us.”
Miss Grange presented the Ambassador with gifts of CDs of Jamaican music covering Mento to Reggae.