JIS News

Story Highlights

  • Three major markets are to be upgraded and refurbished this year under the Markets Rehabilitation Programme.
  • Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, said the markets slated for work are Ocho Rios, St. Ann; Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth; and Port Maria, St. Mary.
  • Minister Arscott was making his contribution to the 2015/16 Sectoral Debate on April 22, in the House of Representatives.

Three major markets are to be upgraded and refurbished this year under the Markets Rehabilitation Programme.

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, said the markets slated for work are Ocho Rios, St. Ann; Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth; and Port Maria, St. Mary.

Minister Arscott was making his contribution to the 2015/16 Sectoral Debate on April 22, in the House of Representatives.

He informed that the Black River Market in St. Elizabeth, which was recently rehabilitated under the programme, now boasts a state-of-the-art facility with spacious, attractive and suitably designed infrastructure for both vendors and customers. The market officially opened in December 2014.

In addition, rehabilitation works have been implemented at the Coronation, May Pen, Rocky Point, Linstead and Charles Gordon markets.

Minister Arscott told the House that the Mandeville Market is being considered for reconstruction.

He noted that the Markets Rehabilitation Programme, which involves public and private sector partnership, is in recognition of the importance of markets “as generators of economic and social activity.”

“Our overall aim is to rehabilitate our markets around the country,” he said.