MONTEGO BAY, St James — ON the heels of formally announcing his bid for re-election as Mayor of Atlanta for a second term, Kasim Reed is heading to Montego Bay for an official visit ahead of the November election.
Atlanta, the capital city of the southeastern State of Georgia shares a Sister Cities relationship with Montego Bay, and Reed is visiting as a guest of his colleague Mayor Glendon Harris from October 11 to 13. They will be finalising initiatives that were proposed in May by Mayor Harris when he led a delegation to that US city, where discussions were held on ways to strengthen the 30-year bond between Atlanta and Montego Bay.
Mayor Reed in May had committed to assisting Montego Bay with its fire service and solid waste management, through the responsible Atlanta agencies.
During his visit to Jamaica's tourism mecca, Atlanta's top official will also deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony of Expo 2013, the biennial trade show being staged by the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry from October 11 to 13 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall.
According to Expo 2013 Chairman, Sonia Clarke Bowen, Reed, who is described as a "visionary leader" has much to impart, having balanced his city's budget for three consecutive years, during turbulent economic times. He will be addressing the theme of Expo 2013 'Services Globalisation...Enabling Business Development'.
Reed, who presides over the affairs of a city which is the world headquarters for 13 Fortune 500 companies, will be leading a Trade Delegation to Montego Bay, with delegates having structured dialogue with Jamaica's business interests, while also participating in the business match-making sessions at Expo 2013, being facilitated by JAMPRO.
Members of the high-level trade delegation from sectors including architecture, design, construction; tourism, waste management, particularly recycling, agriculture and information and communications technology have been organised by Invest Atlanta, the city's economic development agency.
Expo 2013, the much-anticipated three-day trade show now in its 15th staging will be highlighting some major areas that the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry feels will drive further development of Jamaica's services industry, such as tourism, energy, logistics, knowledge services, agriculture and agro-processing.