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#JLPConference: You ain't see nothing yet ... Shaw tells Labourites more big projects coming

Published:Sunday | November 26, 2017 | 3:07 PM
Labourites cheer on Finance Minister Audley Shaw at the Jamaica Labour Party's annual conference at the National Arena - Ian Allen photo

Finance Minister Audley Shaw has told Labourites at the Jamaica Labour Party annual conference that more economic development is coming.

"You ain't see nothing yet," Shaw said in front of thousands of Labourites at the National Arena.

"We have the expansion of the logistics centre in Caymanas Park and Vernamfield, we have more hotels and housing development coming, we have downtown Kingston urban development to take place, we have APLART that's going to be expanding to create 3,000 new jobs," Shaw declared.

Earlier, he reaped cheers when he said the government has put back some $26 billion into the pockets of workers as a result of it's $1.5 million tax break plan.

Shaw stated that since taking back the government less than two years ago, more than 50,000 jobs have been created, business and consumer confidence are at an all time high, visitor arrivals are at a record high, the construction sector is booming, interest rates are going down to single digit and foreign reserves now stand at US$4 billion.

The Manchester North East Member of Parliament would also address the controversial National Identification System (NIDS), referring to the People's National Party as a bunch of hypocrites.

"In 2012, then Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller was 'bigging up' the NIDS, now them criticising left, right and centre, even on radio saying the NIDS is a mark of the beast. Can you imagine foolishness like that, and they expect Jamaicans to believe that nonsense?" Shaw blasted.

"When you born in America, the first thing you get is a social security number, it is your unique identification. In Jamaica you have 6, 7, 8 ID. We have to take all the ID them, and have one single great ID," Shaw said to rapturous applause.

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