The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) says it’s supporting the State of Public Emergency declared in St James yesterday by the government.

In a statement, the JCC says it’s of the view the authorities must take urgent and bold measures to address the impact crime and criminality is having on Jamaica.

It says the overwhelming majority of Jamaicans are resolved that the nation should not face another year of bloodletting as occurred last year.

The JCC says the implementation of the State of Emergency is appropriate in light of the grave danger posed by gangs and individuals who have, for too long, been holding the country to ransom.

It says the country must be resolute in its insistence that such an outcome cannot be entertained.

The JCC says these emergency measures must be implemented in tandem with appropriate, sustainable and transformative medium-term and long-term measures.