The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association says targeted killing of members of the business community, continues to threaten economic growth and development. 

The JMEA is calling on the government to address the country’s crime situation urgently.

This follows the killing of the Managing Director at UL Manufacturing Limited Nadine Kelly-Reid on Friday.

In a press release yesterday, the  JMEA urged the government to implement stronger measures to curtail the country’s crime situation.

According to JMEA, the country’s constant high levels of crime, is leading to extreme fear among the business community and is a major deterrent for investors.

The JMEA is calling for increased policing and legislative reforms in the justice system.

The concerned business community says harsher measures or penalties, will deter people from getting involved in organised crime. 

The JMEA expressed sympathy to the families, friends, and colleagues at UL Manufacturing Company Limited, mourning the loss of Mrs. Kelly-Reid and their fellow coworker. 

It is alleged that Ms. Kelly-Reid was shot and killed at the factory during an attack on March 4, 2022. 

It was reported that two employees were also shot during the attack, and one succumbed to the injury while been treated at hospital.