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Crime an obstacle to Jamaica's success - PM

Published:Sunday | January 22, 2017 | 1:55 AM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (centre), breaking ground with (from left) Minister Daryl Vaz; Alejandro Acevedo, regional vice president of Development Mexico and Latin America and the Caribbean, AC Hotel by Marriott; Adam Stewart, CEO and deputy chairman of the ATL Automotive Group and Sandals Resorts International; Dirk Biehler, sales channel development and customer relations director of the BMW Group Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean; Hernando Carvajal, sales director of BMW Latin America and Caribbean; and Finance Minister Audley Shaw at the ground breaking ceremony for AC Hotel by Marriott and the BMW and MINI showrooms at Lady Musgrave Road in St Andrew on Friday.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaica is on the cusp of success, but the country's spiralling crime problem is posing to be an obstacle.

Prime Minister Holness has declared that the government is determined to get a handle on crime.

The prime minister said this will be done strategically, as the government moves to address the country’s crime problem.

“We have to get a handle on crime. This government is determined to do it. We have learnt the lessons of the past and therefore we will do it with respect for human rights. We will do it through education. We will do it through collaboration and we will do it by being just and firm and strategic in how we go about dealing with the criminals,” he said.

The declaration was made by Holness on Friday at the ground breaking ceremony of the US$50 million ATL Autobahn Kingston, the future home of BMW and MINI.

He stated: “We are not going to overcome this by the security forces alone. It has to be a joint cooperative partnership effort between the government, security forces and the citizens.”

In lauding the ATL Automotive Group for their investment, Holness affirmed the government’s commitment to providing a business friendly environment. He explained that the role of government is to provide a platform where business and all citizens can succeed and fulfil their dream of prosperity.

The development of the state of the art showrooms for renowned world luxury brands BMW and MINI, along with the construction of AC Hotel by Marriott will be overseen by the Sandals Resorts International projects team and Jamaican architects Synergy Design Studio.

The US$10 million showrooms are slated to open in December 2017 and the US$40 million AC Hotel will welcome guests ahead of the 2019 winter season. - (JIS)