Key Development Projects Could Create 900k Jobs


Project Coordinator at the Implementation Unit of the Office of the Prime Minister, Lieutenant Colonel Oscar Derby, says key initiatives currently under development have the potential of generating nearly $900,000 jobs over the next two decades.

Mr. Derby pointed to the developments at the Vernam Field Aerotropolis in Clarendon, Jisco Alpart in Nain St. Elisabeth and the Caymanas economic zone. He’s calling on Jamaicans to adopt the proper attitude to take advantage of the numerous opportunities to come. He was speaking last evening at a meeting of the Kiwanis Club of North St. Andrew.

According to Lieutenant Colonel Derby, that’s how many employment opportunities could translate directly and indirectly from initiatives currently in the development phase.

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That would mean Jamaica would have the capacity to employ every unemployed member of the current labour force and an additional 50 percent.

However, the Lieutenant Colonel says this will require adjustments on the part of the Jamaican people. He’s also noting that these developments will not take place overnight.

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Lieutenant Colonel Derby says work on Vernam Field is already proceeding a pace with aviation activity to resume next year.