PM Announces New Town Centre for Morant Bay

Photo: Garwin Davis Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (3rd right), cuts the ribbon to open the Jamaica International Exhibition (JIE) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James, on June 1. Others (in foreground from left) are Mayor of Montego Bay, His Worship Homer Davis; Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) President, Metry Seaga; Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda; and JMA Executive, Imega Breese McNabb.

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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has announced the establishment of a new town centre for the St. Thomas capital of Morant Bay.
  • He said the Government intends to transform the 25-acre property that previously housed the Goodyear tyre factory into a modern-day township.
  • “There will be a space for a conference centre, there will be space for a library, there will be space for shopping, but, more importantly, we will create purpose-built manufacturing space. The result will be the thing that we all want and what everybody should have… ‘a comfortable living’,” he pointed out.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has announced the establishment of a new town centre for the St. Thomas capital of Morant Bay.

He said the Government intends to transform the 25-acre property that previously housed the Goodyear tyre factory into a modern-day township.

“The Government will take that space… and we will, literally, in the 25 acres that it occupies, create a new town centre for Morant Bay,” he said.

The Prime Minister was addressing the opening ceremony for the inaugural Jamaica International Exhibition (JIE) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James, on June 1.

He said the new town centre will be well organised, with space for local government, and commercial activities, among others.

“There will be a town hall for the parish council building and it will be right in the centre of the new town settlement,” he informed.

“There will be a space for a conference centre, there will be space for a library, there will be space for shopping, but, more importantly, we will create purpose-built manufacturing space. The result will be the thing that we all want and what everybody should have… ‘a comfortable living’,” he pointed out.

The Prime Minister said that the initiative is being led by the Factories Corporation of Jamaica, and will serve as a “great example of how we will make it easier to do business in Jamaica”.

“We want to replicate this right across Jamaica. We want (Jamaica) to be known as an efficient place where you can come and find both the infrastructure and human resource. That’s the way we will be able to corner the market as a little country,” he said.

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