• The Prime Minister says the Urban Centre is to house centralized government services as well as private businesses.

Holness Breaks Ground For Urban Centre In Morant Bay In Big Push To Bring Jobs To St. Thomas

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness, says the parish of St Thomas is to soon see a job creation insurgence, with increased focus on road development, mining and housing projects.

He was addressing the ground breaking ceremony for the Morant Bay Urban Centre at the old Goodyear factory in St Thomas, today.

The Prime Minister says the Urban Centre is to house centralized government services as well as private businesses.

Stevian Simmonds reports:


The Prime Minister says the Morant Bay Urban Centre is part of his administration’s commitment to develop all major towns in the country.

He says the development is to be accompanied by improvement in the road infrastructure.

Prime Minister Holness says the complex will also house historic architecture that gives people a sense of civic identity.

He says the facility will also include closed circuit television, CCTVs and other security infrastructure to promote safety and public order.

He’s urging members of the private sector, interested in securing a space at the urban centre, to do so urgently.

Prime Minister Holness says the development will also improve tourism in the parish.



Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.


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