Caribbean Mayors see Kingston as pacesetter after 145 Years

From left: Peterson Francis, mayor of the City of Castries, Saint Lucia; Alderman Joel Martinez, mayor of Port-of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Delroy William, mayor of Kingston, Jamaica; and Patricia Chase Green, mayor of Georgetown, Guyana, in conversation during the closing ceremony of the three-day Conference of Caribbean Mayors, held at South Parade, downtown Kingston on Wednesday. (Photo via Jamaica Gleaner)
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After three days of discourse, participants in the first Caribbean Conference of Mayors, held at the University of the West Indies, Mona Regional Headquarters, have agreed in principle on a template for strengthening local governance at the regional level.

“We have similar issues confronting us as local government practitioners. As mayors, we face similar challenges, and so we have committed to meeting biennially and working together at the level of local government and to visit conferences across the globe as a unit,”host mayor Delroy Williams told The Gleaner after Wednesday’s closing ceremony at South Parade, downtown Kingston.

He added: “We will ensure that we lobby for each other so that we can, as a unit, share ideas and approaches at the difference conferences. When we go and speak on various issues as a region, then we are more forceful in terms of presenting issues confronting us as cities, towns, and municipalities across the Caribbean. This way, we will mutually grow at the level of local government.

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