Inaugural staging of Caribbean Conference of Mayors (CCM)

The official opening session of the Caribbean Conference of Mayors (CCM) was held on Monday, April 9,2018, under the theme: “Honouring the Past… Embracing a Smart Future”. The conference was chaired by Mr. Robert H.P. Hill, J.P., Chief Executive Officer of the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation. The purpose of the CCM was to strengthen ties between local government bodies across the region, and to create a vibrant network of Mayors, through the sharing of best practices and policies governing the sustainable management and development of municipalities in the Caribbean. Discussions on Moday’s conference centred around the relevance of history and culture to the further sustainable development of ‘smart cities’ in the Caribbean. Four (4) countries from across the region were represented, namely Barbados, Guyana, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago. The Mayor of Miramar was also present, on the invitation of the Mayor of Kingston, His Worship Senator Delroy Williams. Other participants included members from the private and public sectors, and the following stakeholders, inter alia, from the Parish of Kingston and St. Andrew: The Social Development Commission (SDC), the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Jamaica National Commission for the United Nations Educational and Scientific Council (JNC- UNESCO), the Office of the Political Ombudsman (OPO), and the National Environment Planning Agency (NEPA). Welcome remarks were received from Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica; the Honourable Desmond McKenzie, Minister of Local Government and Community Development; the Honourable Alando Terrelonge, Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports; Senator Delroy Williams, Mayor of Kingston; Councillor Andrew Swaby, KSAMC's Minority Leader; and Ms. Anakay Hudson, Youth Mayor of Kingston.