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  • Prime Minister Simpson Miller has praised the contribution of the Hon. Noel Hylton, to the transformation of the island’s shipping industry.
  • Mrs. Simpson Miller was paying tribute to Mr. Hylton at a dinner in his honour.
  • the Prime Minister said he has left a stellar record of service, commitment, dedication, passion and achievement.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has praised the contribution of retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), Hon. Noel Hylton, to port development and the transformation of the island’s shipping industry.

“Long before there was such an emphasis on the importance of logistics and logistic hub, Noel Hylton recognised the pivotal role that the port and shipping industry would play in our country’s development,” the Prime Minister said.

“Before globalisation became a buzz word and world trade had assumed its centrality in global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth, this maritime giant knew he was working in the industry of the future,” she added.

Mrs. Simpson Miller was paying tribute to Mr. Hylton at a dinner in his honour, held at the Terra Nova Hotel, in Kingston, on October 31. The function was hosted by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing.

Reflecting on the extraordinary contribution of Mr. Hylton to the public service, the Prime Minister said he has left a stellar record of service, commitment, dedication, passion and achievement.

“He stamped his indelible mark on the PAJ, and has chalked up an impressive and enviable record of public service, a testimony to his quest for excellence…He has served with equal distinction under no fewer than six Prime Ministers, spanning both political administrations,” Mrs. Simpson Miller noted.

She encouraged graduates to become renowned public servants as Mr. Hylton, while contributing to the advancement of the country.

“Jamaica needs more persons of the calibre of Noel Hylton to join our public service. The Jamaica public sector has many patriotic workers like Noel Hylton who put Jamaica first. We have them past and present, people of integrity and probity, people who are confidential and trustworthy, people who respect their terms of employment, and people who serve with no political agenda or bias. Noel Hylton worked well with everyone and served them well. He remained focused on Jamaica’s development,” the Prime Minister said.

Mr. Hylton has served as Chairman and CEO of the Port Authority of Jamaica since 1975. He has served far and wide, including in Nigeria between 1956 and 1965.

Born in 1931, Mr. Hylton is a Past Chairman of the Police Service Commission and was a member of the Royal Commission of Enquiry in the Fiji Islands in 1970.

He was also General Manager of the Shipping Association of Jamaica between 1970 and 1981, while he was Chairman and CEO of the Port Authority. In 2004, he was appointed President and Managing Director of Air Jamaica for two years. He is also a former Director of the Jamaica Shipping Company Limited.

Mr. Hylton was made a member of the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) for service to the shipping industry in 1979, before he received the nation’s fourth highest honour – membership in the Order of Jamaica.

Other guests at the function included: former Prime Ministers, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson and the Hon. Bruce Golding; Karl Samuda, who represented the Leader of the Opposition; Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips; Minister Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies; Minister with responsibility for Housing,  Hon. Dr. Morais Guy; Incoming Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Port Authority of Jamaica, Professor the Hon. Gordon Shirley; Members of Parliament, Michael Henry, and Edmund Barlett, among others.

The PAJ is a statutory operation charged with, among other things, responsibility for the safety of all vessels navigating local ports of entry and the regulation of tariffs on goods passing through the public wharf.