|PM leaves for New York
Thursday, November 21, 2002
PRIME Minister P J Patterson left the island yesterday afternoon for a number of engagements in New York.
Patterson, Jamaica House said, will be the main guest today at the overseas launch of his book A Jamaican Voice in Caribbean and World Politics; P J Patterson Selected Speeches 1992-2002, edited by his former chief advisor, now junior minister for foreign affairs, Senator Delano Franklyn.
On Friday, Patterson will be the keynote speaker at a special awards luncheon of the American Friends of Jamaica Inc, a charitable body which over the years has made cash donations to several Jamaican organisations. At the luncheon, fashion mogul Ralph Lauren and his wife Ricky, and Dorothy Carter Bradford will be honoured by the American Friends of Jamaica Inc.
Lauren will also be honoured by the Jamaican Government when Patterson invests him with the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (Honorary) at a dinner also being sponsored by American Friends of Jamaica Inc on Friday night. Lauren is receiving the CD, effective November 22, in recognition of his philanthropic activities in Jamaica.
Patterson's itinerary also includes a series of media interviews.
He is scheduled to return to Jamaica on Monday afternoon and during his absence Portia Simpson-Miller, the local government minister, will be in charge of the Government.