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  • Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, has hailed the recently signed tripartite agreement for the development of the Ocho Rios fishing village in St. Ann.
  • The agreement, which was signed on November 27, involves the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) and the Sailor’s Hole Fishermen Benevolent Society.
  • It will see the UDC transferring lands on which the fishing village is located, to the PAJ, for the development of upscale facilities and a modern fishing bay for Jamaicans, tourists and the fisherfolk.

Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, has hailed the recently signed tripartite agreement for the development of the Ocho Rios fishing village in St. Ann.

The agreement, which was signed on November 27, involves the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) and the Sailor’s Hole Fishermen Benevolent Society.

It will see the UDC transferring lands on which the fishing village is located, to the PAJ, for the development of upscale facilities and a modern fishing bay for Jamaicans, tourists and the fisherfolk.

Speaking at a ceremony at the Ocho Rios Cruise Shipping Port in St. Ann on Thursday (December 17) to observe the agreement, Minister Davies said the partnership is a good example of “joined-up Government.”

He noted that the project has the twin objective of improving the area for visitors, while providing a decent place for the fishermen to carry out their business.

He said that for the project to be successfully implemented, members of the community must play an integral role.

The new complex will include a jetty for the storage of fishing boats, cold storage for fishermen’s catch, and areas for them to clean and sell their fish. It will also involve the construction of restaurants and sanitary facilities.

As part of the agreement, all the current occupants of the fishing village will be compensated for their stake in the area in a package totalling some $75 million.