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On Wednesday, July 15, residents of Ocho Rios St. Ann and surrounding areas will get from Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding, a first-hand report on issues affecting their country and communities. The occasion will be a Town Hall meeting at the Ocho Rios High School and the public is invited to ask questions and contribute ideas for development.
Mr. Golding will be accompanied by a ministerial and technical team including the Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett who will address concerns relating to the tourism industry.
Prior to the PM’s report, there will be a presentation by the Ministry of Health. This will provide an update of steps being taken in the fight against the H1N1 virus. Citizens will also be hearing about the National Transformation Programme, which is a partnership between Government, the church, private sector and civil society aimed at bringing about positive behavioural change in the society. The NTP is spearheaded by Pastor Al Miller.
The Ocho Rios Town Hall meeting, the fourth in the series of monthly meetings, is scheduled to get underway at 7:00pm.
Town Hall meetings have already been held in Mandeville Manchester, Portmore St. Catherine and Montego Bay St. James and were supported by hundreds of residents from the various communities. These meetings have allowed Prime Minister Golding and his team to update Jamaicans on effects of the current economic crisis and how it has been impacting on them directly. Jamaicans have also been able to put forward a number of proposals on how they believe the Government can address some of the challenges.
The Town Hall meetings will be held in every parish, and like the PM’s Radio Programme, ‘Jamaica House Live’, will allow Jamaicans to talk directly to the Prime Minister.

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