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New Alorica BPO facility to push employment in sector to 200,000

Published:Sunday | February 19, 2017 | 2:55 AM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (centre) breaks ground for the development of BPO space at the Portmore Informatics Park in St Catherine. He is joined by (from left): president and CEO of the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), Professor Gordon Shirley; minister with responsibility for Water, Works and Housing, Dr Horace Chang; PAJ chairman, Ambassador Nigel Clarke; and Portmore Mayor Leon Thomas.

The J$4 billion investment in a new Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) facility at the Portmore Infomatics Park in St Catherine by United States-based Alorica is expected to push employment in the sector to 200,000.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness last Thursday broke ground for the new facility to be located in the 157,000 square foot infomatics park that will be operated by the Port Authority of Jamaica. 

Upon competion, Alorica will occupy the space and is expected to employ some 4,500 people.

Holness said Jamaica is poised for more investments of this nature.

“It is time for action. My job is to cut through the dense bureaucracy and get to this point, to get things done. We must put every able bodied Jamaican to work. This is the fastest way to get our Jamaicans employed. So let’s get going,” said the prime minister.

He said that government must move with speed, alacrity and determination to provide employment.

“The aspiration and ambition to get Jamaicans employed is a serious one for me. Employment is the greatest tool in fighting crime. Employment is the greatest tool in bringing prosperity to our people. Employment is independence in our hands,” declared Holness.

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and ECVBV/ASB JV were awarded with the development contract for building the foundation and the superstructure, respectively.

Construction is scheduled to begin immediately and projected to be completed within 12 months. (JIS)