December 30: “16 Jamaican Residents Honoured By The Queen”

1960: Nineteen persons, resident in Jamaica, the Turks and Caicos Island, and the Cayman Islands, have received awards in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. Sixteen of the honours have come to Jamaica. The principal Jamaica awards are the Knighthood conferred on Geoffrey Campbell Gunter, custos of St Andrew, who becomes Knight Bachelor; Vincent McFarlane, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Development, who is made CBE, Rudolph Grant, voluntary social worker, and Adolphe Roberts, poet and author, who are awarded the OBE.

1965: Jamaica has been able to maintain her rate of economic growth in 1965 in spite of problems; and the progress made in the tourism and manufacturing industry was more than satisfactory. As a result, the island ends the year today in a good position, economically. As for the new year, the forecast is favourable. A continued expansion is seen in tourism and manufacturing, with the rate of industrial development becoming, accelerated, particularly in the area of food processing.

1967: After four years of operation, the scheme for the training of young Jamaicans as engineers in England, sponsored by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, is about to pay its first dividend. The first batch of 17 boys, who left here in 1963, are to finish their training in June of next year, and are due to come home. They will be qualified in various fields of engineering, having served as apprentices in some of Britain’s leading factories and manufacturing plants.

1969: The Caribbean nation of Jamaica today becomes the 23rd member-nation of the International American Development Bank. Jamaica’s membership becomes effective when Ambassador Sir Egerton R. Richardson, the representative of Jamaica on the Council of the Organization of American States (OAS), signed the agreement establishing the bank in a ceremony at the Pan American Union. Ambassador Richardson also deposited an instrument of ratification of the agreement with OAS secretariat, thus completing the requirements for entry into the bank.

1976: The UNESCO project which, under the United Nations Development Programme, assisted the Jamiacan Government in its fighting against illiteracy, comes to an end in January 1976 after a period of three years. This $400,000 project involved close partnership with JAMAL, the Jamaican literacy movement, and made a worthwhile contribution in widely varying fields, including especially the mass media, the training of literacy instructors, and the production of reading materials for new literates.


1992: JAPEX (Jamaica Product Exchange), a tourism trade show sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), opens at the Jamaica Grande on January 17, coinciding with the hotel’s formal opening. About 90 travel wholesalers and tour operators from Europe and Japan will attend JAPEX hotels, attractions and other tourism businesses will showcase their products in booths in the exhibition hall and salespersons will be on hand to negotiate new contracts.