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  • A new $94 million market was officially opened in Black River, St. Elizabeth, on December 10 by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott.
  • The first of its kind to be built in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean, the market’s model is part of the vision for the overall development of agro tourism and the re-establishment of the town as a prime commercial hub.
  • Addressing the ceremony, the Minister called on all vendors and other entrepreneurs “to care the facility; refrain from selling on the streets and pay your rental fees on time and in full.”

A new $94 million market was officially opened in Black River, St. Elizabeth, on December 10 by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott.

The first of its kind to be built in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean, the market’s model is part of the vision for the overall development of agro tourism and the re-establishment of the town as a prime commercial hub.

Addressing the ceremony, the Minister called on all vendors and other entrepreneurs “to care  the facility; refrain from selling on the streets and pay your rental fees on time and in full.”

“This market is a modern structure, built to international standards and which is intended to serve our citizens and visitors alike.  I want to state very clearly, that a modern facility requires maintenance, not just from the Parish Council, but also from the people who will visit and from the vendors and other entrepreneurs,” the Minister emphasized.

He informed that the work done on the market was part of a major re-development programme, which would involve 25 significant markets across the island.

“When completed, these markets will look nothing like what we have been accustomed to.  Instead, they will have proper waste management systems, sustainable rain water harvesting facilities and solar panels for electricity. This market is a prototype of what the modern, efficient and multi-dimensional market will look like.  This is not just a market upgrade, but a transformation of public space and a vehicle for economic activity,” he argued.

“This market will contribute to a major improvement in public order, as vendors and other entrepreneurs will now be in a defined area, instead of offering goods and services on the streets and contributing to chaos in traffic management,” the Minister added.

Mr. Arscott commended former Member of Parliament for the area, Dr. Christopher Tufton, for the part he played in the developmental stages of the market.

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