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Fruitful MoBay Freezone turns 30

Published:Saturday | February 28, 2015 | 12:00 AM

After contributing more than US$1 billion to the Jamaican economy within the past 10 years, the Montego Bay Freezone (MBFZ) Company Limited is approaching the future with optimism as it commences preparations for its 30th anniversary celebrations next month.

"The anniversary year will be launched on Sunday, March 1, with a celebratory church service at the Meeting Place in Montego Bay. This will be followed by a brunch on the said day," said Gloria Henry, assistant vice-president of operations at the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), which is in charge of the facility.

The celebrations will continue on Tuesday March 3, with the executives of the MBFZ making a financial contribution to the physiotherapy department at the Cornwall Regional Hospital.

On Thursday, March 5, there will be a big open day and job fair at the MBFZ location, which is the hub of its operations.

"This is where we are inviting schools, our universities, and members of the public to come and see what we do at the Montego Bay Freezone," said Henry. "Several of our firms will be putting on displays, and a number of business processing outsource (BPO) operators will be staging job fairs, so I am encouraging job seekers and our tertiary students to walk with their résumés."

"We have some companies that are currently recruiting, so job seekers can be screened for possible job placement," added Henry.

The celebrations will continue with a forum on March 19 to examine the future of the freezone. The month of April will see the staging of the Business Processing Industries Association of Jamaica anniversary banquet and a special economic zone forum.