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Private sector groups voice support for special zones

Published:Saturday | July 8, 2017 | 10:31 AM

Government Senator Don Wehby has said the various private sector groups have expressed full support for the Zones of Special Operations law.

He says the sector groups stand ready to play their part in ensuring the effective implementation of the new crime fighting law.

He said these groups are the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce.

Wehby, who is a businessman, encouraged his colleagues to work with the committee that will be established to offer social intervention support when zones of special operations are declared.

Wehby warned that if the crime continued along the same vein Jamaica's Vision 2030 goal to make the country the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business, will not happen.

He was making his contribution earlier today to debate in the Upper House on the Zones of Special Operations law.

The proposed law allows the prime minister in consultation with the National Security Council and with written requests from the heads of the army and police force to declare an area a zone of special operations.

The declaration of these zones is intended to clamp down on rampant criminality that has left communities cowering in fear.