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  • Member of Parliament for West Central St. James, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, is reporting that through public funding, and investments from the private sector, her constituency is witnessing a transformation in housing, health and human capacity.
  • She said in one single project to be completed by June 2016, the private sector is constructing 500 dormitories at a cost $600 million, adding that this initiative will enable access to cheaper houses by persons employed in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry.
  • Another group has invested in a medical complex at the Business Centre, in Montego Bay, which will be the second largest medical facility in the area, outside of the Cornwall Regional Hospital.

Member of Parliament for West Central St. James, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, is reporting that through public funding, and investments from the private sector, her constituency is witnessing a transformation in housing, health and human capacity.

She said in one single project to be completed by June 2016, the private sector is constructing 500 dormitories at a cost $600 million, adding that this initiative will enable access to cheaper houses by persons employed in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry, which is set to add 2,000 new jobs by the end of the year.

Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams, who was speaking in the State of Constituency Debate, in the House of Representatives, on September 16, disclosed that another group has invested in a medical complex at the Business Centre, in Montego Bay, which will be the second largest medical facility in the area, outside of the Cornwall Regional Hospital.

Delivering her constituency report, focusing on infrastructure development, initiatives to steer young people away from crime and violence, training for the logistics centred economy, and other educational support, the Member of Parliament said her representation is geared at ensuring that investments are made in the people and institutions for sustainable development.

“We are building institutions and capacity to carry out our development goals, driven by entrepreneurship, skills training, mentorship and inculcating appropriate values and attitude,” she told the House, noting that part of the human development programme in her constituency, is to equip communities with computers, which is on in earnest.

Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams, who is also Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, said that under a special training programme, commenced over two years ago, some 123 community persons have been trained in entrepreneurship, while 200 at-risk youth, along with adults, have received training by the HEART Trust/NTA in building construction and hospitality skills.

She noted that 100 residents in the Piggott Street community of Mount Salem recently received titles for their lands, under the Government’s land titling programme, and with help from the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), several communities are benefitting from small agricultural projects in the constituency.

The Member of Parliament also reported that over the past months, some 1,000 persons benefitted from training and employment under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP).