Mayor of Kingston, Senator Delroy Williams and the mayor of Mayaro Rio Claro in Trinidad, Councillor Glen Ram met yesterday at the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) office during a visit organized by the Ministry of Local Government and the Mayaro Rio Claro Municipal Corporation.
Ram, who organized the visit, wishes to be guided by the Ministry of Local Government of Jamaica on the structure of the local municipalities. He confessed that his country is currently undergoing local government reform and with Jamaica being far ahead of the rest of the region with regards to local government structure, he saw it fit to start his research here.
During the visit at the KSAMC office, both mayors sat with the Minister of Local Government, Desmond McKenzie and discussed the similarities that exist between both cities in structure. There was also a meeting with several Councillors from both the Jamaica Labour Party and the People's National Party.
Mayor Ram admitted during his meeting with the Councillors that relations between Trinidad and Jamaica have not been at its best over the past few years and that he hopes that at the local government level there can be greater partnerships between both countries. Areas such as entertainment, generation of revenue and development were discussed. It was also highlighted that both mayors would explore the possibility of spearheading a Caribbean association of Mayors that will foster greater regional unity and command a stronger global presence.
The tour of the KSAMC concluded with a visit to the Secret Gardens Monument on Church Street where Mayor Ram laid a wreath in memorial of children who have died under violent or tragic circumstances. Tokens were exchanged and the visiting mayor presented Williams, KSAMC Chief Executive Robert Hill and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government were all presented with Keys to the city of Mayaro Rio Claro.