Twenty Thousand (20,000) medical masks were donated to the St. James Municipal Corporation on Tuesday, October 26 in a move to help improve the parish’s efforts to control and prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
The masks, donated from the city of Zhuhai in the People’s Republic of China, were officially handed over to Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Leeroy Williams, by businessman and Chairman of the China-Montego Bay Sister City Committee, Yangsen Li.
Deputy Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Richard Vernon and Chief Executive Officer of the St. James Municipal Corporation, Gerald Lee were also part of the presentation.
Mayor Williams, on receiving the donation, thanked Li on behalf of the people of Zhuhai for their continued support and commitment towards helping to bolster the Corporation’s efforts to deter the spread of the virus in the parish.
“I want to express our profound thanks to Zhuhai in the People’s Republic of China for the presentation of these masks which I am sure will help to control and prevent the spread of Covid-19. I am also sure this will further strengthen the ties of mutual relationship that we have with Zhuhai,” said Mayor Williams.
According to Mayor Williams, the masks will be distributed to Councillors, the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the Office of the Custos of St. James, the Ministry of Education and the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
The masks were delivered as part of a commitment made at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to initiate the China-Montego Bay Sister City relationship with the city Zhuhai.
Mayor of Montego Bay, Leeroy Williams (second from left) accepts a donation of 20,000 medical masks from businessman and Chairman of the China-Montego Bay Sister City Committee, Yangsen Li (third from left) at the St. James Municipal Corporation on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. Also sharing the moment are Deputy Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Richard Vernon (left) and Chief Executive Officer of the St. James Municipal Corporation, Gerald Lee (right).
Zhuhai is the third city in China to be twinned with Montego Bay. A MoU officially established the sister city relationship between Montego Bay and Zhuhai on February 07, 2021 during a virtual ceremony.
Montego Bay also shares a sister-city relationship with the cities of Hangzhou and Yiwu in the People’s Republic of China.