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  • Twelve thousand persons are expected to be employed in the new phase of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), this year.
  • The programme was launched by Mrs. Simpson Miller on March 22, 2012 and was conceptualized to provide short term employment.
  • Mrs. Simpson Miller also announced that some 5,000 persons will be employed under the Agro Parks programme.

Twelve thousand persons are expected to be employed in the new phase of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), this year.

This was disclosed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, during her contribution to the 2014/15 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, April 29.

The programme was launched by Mrs. Simpson Miller on March 22, 2012 and was conceptualized to provide short term employment, particularly for persons at the lower socio-economic level.

Mrs. Simpson Miller also announced that some 5,000 persons will be employed under the Agro Parks programme.

This programme aims to modernize Jamaica’s agricultural sector; contribute to reducing the island’s almost US$1 billion food import bill, while increasing exports and creating jobs.

“Another 2,000 direct and indirect jobs will be generated from the re-organized scrap metal trade,” Mrs. Simpson Miller also noted.

She informed that the scrap metal industry last year earned in excess of US$4.6 million.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said that more Jamaicans are set to benefit from job opportunities under the Overseas Employment Programme, noting that last year, 14,000 persons were employed through the programme.

“Based on information from the liaison service in Canada and the United States, that number is projected to increase to 16,000 this year,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.

he also noted that several new job categories were added to the Overseas Employment Programme, including welders, mechanics and drivers who are paid at globally-benchmarked rates.

“The Government will not be able to create all the jobs that the nation needs. We however accept that we have a responsibility to create the enabling business environment in which the private sector can create jobs,” the Prime Minister said.