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Plans are in high gear for Portmore Week 2006, which will be observed from April 23 to 29. The annual celebration is designed to highlight the development of the municipality over the years, and showcase Portmore as an ideal location for investment.
According to chairman of the organizing committee for Portmore Week, Anita Lee, over the 12 year-history of the event, a lot of businesses have been established in Portmore. “It is meeting its mandate.we have seen a lot of businesses now coming into Portmore”, she told JIS News.
This year, focus will be placed on the environment and environmental awareness and activities get underway with an ecumenical church service at the Emmanuelle Apostolic Church in Braeton Park, on Sunday, April 23.
The committee chairman, who is the wife of Portmore Mayor, George Lee, said that greater attempt would also be made, to bring about a heightened sense of unity and camaraderie among the various boroughs of the municipality, through the staging of a better neighbourhood competition with nearly $200,000 in prize money.
She told JIS News, that craft producers and retailers have been encouraged to improve and increase the quality and quantity of their products, so that they could be exposed during the week.
“We will also be inviting various ambassadors from the diplomatic corps to expose them to the various opportunities in business and tourism that Portmore offers and they will in turn, pass this information on in their own countries, to the benefit of Portmore,” Mrs. Lee said.
The highlight of the week will be a gala and awards ceremony, where persons in the municipality, who have made outstanding contribution to their communities, will be honoured.
“There are some persons in the municipality that won’t make it to King’s House for a national award but they have done yeoman service in their community, and the Portmore Joint Citizens Association will use the occasion to honour them within their community,” Mrs. Lee told JIS News.
According to the committee chairman, Portmore Week has been a success over the years, with the full participation of residents.
“We look at the different businesses that come into Portmore year after year, how the community is developing, are persons better neighbours and the different social and lobby groups that develop to determine if we are going forward and so far, we have advanced in leaps and bounds over the years,” she stated.