Jamaica Gleaner - - HALL OF FAME -

WE ARE cel­e­brat­ing the work of Gary ‘Butch’ Hen­drick­son, the chair­man and CEO of Con­ti­nen­tal Bak­ing Com­pany. Tonight is about Butch. But it can­not be ig­nored that this is the first time that we now have two fam­ily mem­bers in the Hall of Fame. Butch joins his fa­ther, the Hon­ourable Karl Hen­drick­son, OJ, who was in­ducted 14 years ago in 2002. The en­tire Hen­drick­son fam­ily must be proud. Con­grat­u­la­tions to you both.

Butch is a mem­ber of a fam­ily of highly suc­cess­ful en­trepreneurs. A set of en­trepreneurs that have in­vested across the econ­omy from agro-pro­cess­ing and tourism to, of course, bak­ing. Over the last 60 years, this fam­ily has been long on Ja­maica. They have in­vested, rein­vested and then in­vested some more. They have been present and en­gaged. They un­der­stand the im­por­tance of hard work and com­mit­ment to achiev­ing goals. This at­ti­tude and fo­cus has led to the de­vel­op­ment of their busi­nesses and has con­trib­uted to Ja­maica’s de­vel­op­ment. Tonight we cel­e­brate the great achieve­ments of Butch for his con­tri­bu­tion to the pri­vate sec­tor and Ja­maican so­ci­ety as a whole.

Tonight, ladies and gentle­men, there are many pos­i­tive devel­op­ments that are go­ing on in Ja­maica: Fis­cal im­prove­ments con­tinue. We must main­tain this dis­ci­pline. The last set of bal­ance of pay­ments fig­ures were greatly im­proved. I would never have pro­jected a two per cent in­fla­tion rate here in Ja­maica five years ago.

IIJob cre­ation in the last quar­ter was ro­bust. We have sig­nif­i­cant FDI projects in the pipe­line which should main­tain that mo­men­tum. We have just agreed a new IMF agree­ment for a fur­ther three years with sig­nif­i­cant ca­pac­ity. The Gov­ern­ment has set up a growth coun­cil and they have pub­lished their re­sults. Af­ter 40



The Hen­drick­son fam­ily poses for a photo with the newly in­ducted Hall of Famer.

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