JIS News

The Old Harbour Development Area Committee (OHDAC) in St. Catherine, will host its seventh annual Exposition on Wednesday (November 25) on the Old Harbour campus of the Portmore Community College.
The Expo, which coincides with the celebration of Community Month in November, will be held under the theme ‘Community empowerment for nation building’, and will be free of cost to the public.
Acting Chairman of the OHDAC, Randy Finnikin, explained that the Expo will be geared at providing a variety of services for the residents. It forms part of Old Harbour Development Area Week, and is one of several activities scheduled for November 25.
“This year again, we are focussing on services that are provided by Government and other agencies that will assist residents of the Development Area to be more aware of the opportunities that exist,” he said in an interview with JIS News.
The Old Harbour Development Area comprises six communities namely; Old Harbour, Old Harbour Bay, Bartons, Brown’s Hall, Ginger Ridge and Bellas Gate.
According to Mr. Finnikin, the Expo will feature some 30 exhibitors, including the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) and the Passport Office, and should attract about 3,000 participants.
He said that the Expo will have a community fair atmosphere and well over 30 booths for interested persons to browse, gather information and network with various agencies that will have displays and provide their services.
“We will start from about ten in the morning, with a general opening of the Expo to the community, a formal opening ceremony and a cultural display,” he noted.
“We are hoping that we will be able to get a large representation from the schools, and we will be bringing in residents from all over the DA (Development Area), to come and see and be stimulated to take up the opportunities that exist, whether it be for skills training, small business development, accessing loans or social benefits”, he emphasised.
Other participants in the Expo include the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Coalition for Better Parenting and the Inland Revenue Department.

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