St James Business Interests Welcome State of Emergency

Chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund, TEF, Godfrey Dyer, is welcoming the State of Public Emergency declared in St. James yesterday.

The initiative is the latest government-backed crime-fighting strategy to be implemented in the crime-torn parish.

Mr. Dyer says the State of Emergency will benefit the tourism industry.

There have been calls for the declaration of a State of Emergency in other crime-plagued parishes like Clarendon.

Mr. Dyer says the State of Emergency in St. James could have positive effects on other parts of the island as well.

He’s also calling for more efficient policing in crowded areas of the parish including the Montego Bay Hip Strip– where entertainment events are usually held.

Godfrey Dyer, Chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund, speaking this morning on Cliff Hughes Online with Mark Wignall.

In the meantime, President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, Tshura Gibbs, is hopeful that the short-term shock to businesses will be bettered by the long-term gains.

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