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Another business group backs St James state of emergency

Published:Friday | January 19, 2018 | 11:38 AM
Police personnel search a house on Codac Lane in Flanker, St James while soldiers patrol the area yesterday.

The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) has joined the growing list of business entities supporting the state of emergency in St James, that was declared yesterday.

“It is the JCC’s view that the authorities must take urgent and bold measures to address the impact that crime and criminality is having on the Jamaican society and the danger it represents to our prospects for tourism and for investment-driven growth throughout the wider economy,” said the business group in a release.

According to the JCC, it believes that the overwhelming majority of Jamaicans are resolved that the nation should not face another year of bloodletting as occurred last year, and in light of the horrific murder rate with which the current year began, it was imperative that firm and decisive measures had to be introduced. 

“The implementation of the state of emergency under the nation’s constitutional provisions, is appropriate in light of the grave danger posed by gangs and individuals who have for too long been holding the country to ransom, and threatening the gains arising from the difficult but necessary economic policies put in place by successive administrations. We must be resolute in our insistence that such an outcome cannot be entertained.

“We fully realise that these emergency measures must be implemented in tandem with appropriate sustainable and transformative medium-term and long-term measures. 

“We have the capacity to develop and implement these and it behoves all well-thinking Jamaicans to see how and where they can play a role in taming this beast,” said the JCC.