DomRep donates 5,000 bags of cement for flood rehabilitation

Thursday, June 29, 2017

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The Dominican Republic cement company Domicem, through its Jamaican office, Buying House Cement, has donated 5,000 bags of cement to the Government of Jamaica.

The donation is to aid in the recovery process after recent flood rains ravaged the island, particularly eastern parishes.

Documents confirming the donation were presented by Domicem Vice-President Osvaldo Oller to State Minister, Office of the Prime Minister, Everald Warmington and Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett at the company's warehouse in Montego Freeport last week.

Bartlett said the gift followed Prime Minister Andrew Holness's recent visit to the Dominican Republic when he met with that country's President Danilo Medina and private sector interests.

“And following on the flood rains that we had recently we had an offer to give to the people of Jamaica 5,000 bags of cement in order to assist in the restoration programme and to enable those who lost housing or where property was destroyed or public spaces were damaged, we'll be able to have it restored,” Bartlett said.

He noted that the gift is a tremendous gesture of friendship by the DomRep partners and “a statement of commitment to the people of Jamaica that they will work with us in terms of building out commercial and other facilities so that we can transfer knowledge and wealth, and generally have a win-win situation”.

Meanwhile, Oller said Prime Minister Holness's recent visit “has enabled us to embrace our partners in the Caribbean” and concurred “that we definitely want to increase business ties, increase friendships and ties also related to tourism”.

He said though small an operation locally now, his company “definitely wants to grow” as “Domicem is very keen on making a statement here in Jamaica”.

“We will also be discussing with Minister Warmington other ways in which Buying House Cement can continue helping the Jamaican economy and infrastructure growth in years to come,” Oller remarked.

Meanwhile, Warmington expressed appreciation for the cement on behalf of the government and people of Jamaica.

“We're very grateful and this contribution will go a very long way in assisting us in restoring some of the infrastructure that was lost in the recent flood rains,” Warmington said.

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