Gov’t to Place Focus on Falmouth

Photo: Garwin Davis Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (centre) speaks with Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Colin Gager (right) during a tour of Falmouth, Trelawny on January 26. At left is Commissioner of Police, George Quallo and in the background is Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr. the Hon. Horace Chang.

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness says the Government is focused on developing Falmouth into a world class destination, where its rich culture and history are fully utilized.

He noted that through the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), significant investments will be made to transform Falmouth “into what undoubtedly will be the gem of the Caribbean.”

“This is a town that has a wealth of assets in terms of its culture, sites of interest and its architecture. However what defines Falmouth best of all is its people. The people … are the heartbeat of everything that we see here,” Prime Minister Holness said.

He was speaking to the media at the Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier in Trelawny, following a tour of the town centre on January 26.

The Prime Minister emphasised that through partnership with the residents, vendors, craftspeople and other stakeholders, the Government will transform Falmouth into the mecca of tourism in the Caribbean.

“What we are trying to do with the PAJ and other agencies is to ensure that brand Jamaica is on full display where both locals and visitors can enjoy. It’s not that we want to create enclave investments. We want to make the entire town a place where both locals and visitors can enjoy world class facilities in an intelligently planned environment,” Mr. Holness added. 

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Holness noted that the cruise shipping industry has recognized the value of Falmouth.

“The challenge however is that the pier and the rest of the facilities are literally cut off from the rest of the town. The rest of the town is not keeping with the standard of this facility,” he stated.

Prime Minister Holness added that he has a lot of confidence in the PAJ’s commitment to fulfilling its mandate and ensuring that the people of Jamaica get the desired results from their hard earned tax dollars.

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