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1964: The general manager of the Jamaican Industrial Development Corporation, Danielle Powell, discloses that there are some large companies which are planning to invest in Jamaica, and that the island could look forward to a year of industrial and economic expansion.

 

1969: A branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Limited is to be established in London, the first branch of a Jamaican-based bank to be set up overseas. Edward Seaga, minister of finance and planning, announces this officially on behalf of the bank while speaking at the opening of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.

 

1969: Two objectives for the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) are the opening of the capital market for the assistance of companies in Jamaica, and the opening of the doors of those companies to Jamaican investor. This is the explanation given at the launch of the JSE by Edward Seaga.

 

1973: The prices for coconut products – cooking fat, oil and soap – are being increased by the Government in an across-the-board action taken to assist the coconut industry by way of increased prices to growers and manufacturers.

 

1977: A three-phase development programme for the Maxfield Park Children’s Home – estimated to cost some $200,000 – is announced by the Mayor of Kingston, George Mason. Mr Mason makes the announcement at the ground-breaking ceremony for the development.

 

1983: Chairman of the National Water Commission, Cecil Charlton, warns that harsher measures will be introduced if there is no significant change in water consumption. Pearnel Charles, minister of public utilities and transport, is present while Mr Charlton re-enforces this announcement at the weekly luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of downtown Kingston.

 

1988: Jamaica stands to benefit from top-of-the-line publicity before an estimated audience of 14 million Americans when a 55-minute video on reggae music is aired in the United States beginning soon. A 120-man crew from HBO/Cinemax and Delilah Films Limited is in the island filming the television special titled A Reggae Session.

 

1990: The University and Allied Workers Union replaces the Trade Union Congress as the union representing workers at J. Wray and Nephew Ltd, Spanish Town Road, Kingston. The change in representation came as a result of a representational rights poll conducted by the Ministry of Labour at the J.Wray and Nephew plant.

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