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Port Authority to spend $15b on improving Jamaica's ports

Published:Tuesday | January 23, 2018 | 2:59 PM
A section of the Kingston Container Terminal.

The Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) is to spend $15 billion over the next two years to execute several projects aimed at upgrading and improving the island's port facilities.

This is according to Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr Horace Chang, who praised the PAJ for its timely and successful execution of development projects.

He was speaking in Falmouth, Trelawny at a stakeholder meeting.

Chang says among the projects to be undertaken by the Port Authority are improvement works on the Falmouth cruise ship pier, the upgrade and expansion of the Reynolds Pier in Ocho Rios, as well as improvements to the port in Kingston.

He says each port will be upgraded and outfitted with unique features that will greatly enhance the visitor experience.

According to Chang, work on the state-of-the-art fishing village and Reynolds Pier in Ocho Rios are far advance, which when completed, will return Ocho Rios to being the island's leading cruise destination.

The senior government minister says the marina in Port Antonio will also be upgraded by the port authority.