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  • Jamaicans urged to prepare to take advantage of the range of employment opportunities to emerge from the logistics hub initiative.
  • There will also be opportunities for persons with entrepreneurial abilities.
  • Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams said that the logistics and transportation sector employs approximately 200,000 persons.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, is urging Jamaicans to prepare to take advantage of the range of employment opportunities to emerge from the logistics hub initiative.

“Huge employment potential is on the way,” she stated. “We won’t have to migrate (in search of jobs) you can stay right here, and other people are going to try and to migrate to Jamaica,” she stated.

The Industry State Minister was speaking on the topic: ‘Jamaica Logistics Hub; Opportunities and Challenges’ at a public forum staged by the Montego Bay Community College on November 14, at the institution’s Alice Eldemire Drive campus.

Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams told the packed room of students that they are the ones who will be called on to take up the economic opportunities when the hub becomes a reality.

She said that apart from the great demand for labour, there will also be opportunities for persons with entrepreneurial abilities.

Making reference to Singapore, Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams said that the logistics and transportation sector contributes up to eight per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) and employs approximately 200,000 persons.

She added that the small and medium enterprises in Singapore accounts for 80 per cent of companies and employs 40 per cent of the logistic centre workforce.

“Right now I can tell you, there are a number of companies seeking to come to Jamaica to establish plants in Jamaica, reason being they know that the hub is coming and therefore, they would be able to reach the other Caribbean islands through Jamaica, and they would be able to reach with their goods and services the North American market, European market and the Eastern markets as well as the Southern markets,” she stated.

Youth Ambassadors, Henry McCurdy Jr. and Emilio Campbell, who were part of a recent fact finding trip to Panama, as part of the logistic hub project, shared their experience, and supported the State Minister’s view on the economic potential of the project.