Robert Hamaty, Jamaica’s first
consular representative in the Cayman Islands, was recognised for his service
to the two countries and the national honour conferred by the government of
Jamaica, at a luncheon attended by Premier McKeeva Bush, as well as other top
public and private sector officials in the Cayman Islands on 2 September.
The Jamaica-born businessman, who
is the founder and managing director of Tortuga Rum Company, will receive the
Order of Distinction, Officer Class, on National Heroes Day, 18 October, after
serving to promote the best interests of Jamaicans in the Cayman Islands,
“We commend Mr. Hamaty for this
national recognition by the government of Jamaica and for his exemplary service
to the board of the National Building Society of Cayman,” said Earl Jarrett,
acting chairman of the National Building Society of Cayman (NBSC), which hosted
the luncheon at the Marriott Beach Resort, Grand Cayman.
“Mr. Hamaty is an outstanding
Jamaican whom we can all be proud of,” said Mr. Jarrett. “With the support of
his wife Carlene and their children Basil and Monique, he has served his
country and contributed to the economy both in the Cayman Islands and Jamaica.”
Premier Bush told guests, including
several members of his Cabinet along with the Cayman Chief Magistrate, about
the valuable contribution Mr. Hamaty continues to make in diplomatic and trade
relations between Jamaica and Cayman. He also noted that, Mr. Hamaty, as the
Honourary Consul until he retired last year, worked for more than 16 years to
develop this relationship.
Mr. Hamaty is from the parish of
Westmoreland, where his family has had a long association with the Jamaica
National Building Society, the parent organisation of the NBSC.
The former Air Jamaica pilot
migrated to Cayman in 1978 and subsequently founded the Tortuga Rum Company.