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1957: Shortfalls of production in a number of sugar-exporting countries in the British Commonwealth have resulted in the Jamaican industry being called upon to supply an extra 29,786 tons this year under terms of the British Commonwealth Sugar Agreement.


1963: Jamaica’s national airline officially comes into existence with ratification of an agreement between the Jamaican Government, British Overseas Airways Corporation in Association with a Steamship Co Ltd and the British West Indian Airways. A prime object of the partnership is the doubling of tourism in the island in five years.


1963: Minister of Housing Clement Tavares hears objections from representatives of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation regarding the proposed low-income housing scheme at Briggs Park. The discussions are held at the Department of Housing.


1967: The pro-vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Professor Leslie Robinson, claims that Jamaica’s educational system is failing to produce enough qualified students to enter the university.


1972: The inaugural showing of the first Labour Day film takes place at Jamaica House, witnessed by Prime Minister Michael Manley, Mrs Edna Manley and a cross section of the Jamaican community.


1975: The prime minister and leader of the Opposition issue messages of sympathy and regret at the death of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. The prime minister says “ Jamaicans are deeply saddened by the news of the passing this morning of Haile Selassie, former Emperor of Ethiopia. The world will remember Haile Selassie as an outstanding statesman”.


1980: Consumers of baked products will soon be able to get their regular supplies as the island’s 100 bakeries are expected to return to normal production within a few days. This follows assurance given by the minister of industry and commerce to the Bakers’ Association that an adequate supply of sugar is to be released to the baking industry.


1984: An agreement to provide assistance to the value of $2 million to produce a National Water Resources Development Master Plan is signed at the Planning Institute of Jamaica.

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