KINGSTON — Jamaica's private sector must now seize the opportunities flowing from the development and expansion of the country's ports and other transport infrastructure designed "to foster the seamless movement of cargo by sea, air, road and rail."
This challenge came from Director General of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), Lt. Col Oscar Derby, during his presentation to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) Forum on Wednesday (October 5) at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston.
Alluding to the National Transport Plan, the Civil Aviation Head said “while government continues to create the environment for a successful aviation and transshipment industry, true success can only be achieved from private sector injections."
In outlining a number of factors, which make Jamaica ideal for investments in aviation and the transshipment sectors, Lt. Col Derby pointed to the country’s geographic proximity to “major international points of trade", reinforced by the fact that the island has one of the seven largest natural deep water harbours in the world.
"Recognising these major advantages, the government of Jamaica has sought to capitalise on this, as indicated in its clearly articulated vision in the National Transport Plan," he stated.
The plan, which includes an expansion programme is expected to foster the seamless movement of cargo by sea, air, road and rail.
"This will, therefore, include the expansion of the Port of Kingston along with the near completed improvement at the Norman Manley International and the Sangster International Airports," Lt Col Derby observed.
He also identified the proposed construction of a major cargo logistics airport in Vernamfield, Clarendon, as a major element in the development and expansion programme.
"The new airport will be equipped with a runway that is able to accommodate new large aircrafts such as the Airbus A-380, as well as modern cargo aircraft; the Boeing 747-800 and Airbus A350," he stated.
By Allan Brooks, JIS Senior Reporter