Following Jamaica's impressive performance at the just-concluded 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships South Korean, the host city of Daegu has promised assistance for Jamaica's 50th Independence celebrations.
The commitment comes on the heels of the slashing of $15 million from the $50 million that had been set aside by the Government for next year's milestone Independence festivities.
Kim Yon Chang, the Vice-Mayor of Political Affairs for Daegu Metropolitan City, gave the pledge of assistance, during a meeting with Olivia "Babsy" Grange, the Minister of Sports.
Ms. Grange says the assistance will be for fireworks and lighting effects.
It will also provide for exchanges in the areas of sports and culture.
The Sports Minister also met with the South Korean Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, to explore the sharing of knowledge and expertise by Jamaica and South Korea in sports and culture and, in particular, athlete development, coaching and use of technology.
Ms. Grange says South Korea is strategically important to Jamaica, offering tremendous possibilities for the promotion of Jamaican sports, music and culture.