Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank, IDB, Jerry Butler is suggesting that more emphasis is placed on rolling out a reliable public transportation system in St. James instead of constructing a new bypass.

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Mr. Butler says with the country having an over 125-percent debt to GDP ratio, the government would be faced with an additional cost burden with the construction of a new road.

He’s also suggesting the utilization of cleaner sources of energy.

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Jerry Bulter was speaking with Nationwide News following his address at the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry Investment Forum on Friday.

Meanwhile, President of the Chamber of Commerce, Gloria Henry says while she’s disappointed that no funding was made available for the bypass in this year’s budget, progress has been made.

She says a feasibility study has been done, and a report is expected by mid-May following which funding will be sourced to do the road in stages.