The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) continues to enhance its relevance in a developing Jamaica, this was the consistent theme echoed throughout the Corporation’s 50th Anniversary Church Service held on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the Kingston Parish Church located in downtown Kingston.
The service held in commemoration of the UDC’s fiftieth year attracted Government Ministers along with other private and public sector dignitaries who joined in celebration and thanksgiving for the work the Corporation has completed over the past 50 years.
The Honourable Dr Horace Chang who represented the Prime Minister, in his greetings noted that ‘the Corporation holds a special place in the Prime Minister’s Portfolio and must remain at the forefront leading orderly development’. Mr Anthony Hylton, who represented Dr Peter Phillips, Leader of the Opposition also commented on the importance of the Corporation noting that it is special among Government institutions based on its significance to development.
According to The Most Honourable Edward Seaga, former Prime Minister who was unable to be present at the ceremony but requested of Dr. Damian Graham, General Manager of the UDC to deliver his remarks; “let us do away with any thought that the UDC is not relevant in a contemporary era where the human soul longs for continuous change, self-actualisation, national identity and progress.” He further remarked “the UDC did not let me down, as no private investment group at that time would have been able to handle this huge project (redevelopment of Kingston and Ocho Rios waterfronts) and I safely say 50 years onwards, that we would be hard pressed to find such a multidisciplinary cadre of skilled persons to do what that institution is still doing”.
Chairman of the UDC, Senator Ransford Braham sung a similar tune noting that the times ahead of the UDC hold exciting prospects for continuity in infrastructural upgrade and development. He explained “our future is promising…we are for example, continuing the development of the Montego Bay Waterfront through the rehabilitation of the groynes and establishment of the Closed Harbour Beach Park; upgrading the town of Ocho Rios in collaboration with our partners, project managing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Building on the Kingston waterfront while planning for Jamaica’s Third City.”
Earlier this year, the Urban Development Corporation and its subsidiaries hosted commemorative activities across the island in honour of UDC’s 50th year under the theme celebrating the Golden G.L.O.W. (Growth, Love, Opportunities and Wealth). These celebrations commenced on the birthdate of the Corporation on March 21, 2018 and will continue until March 2019 with a grand fireworks display planned for December 31, 2018.
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