St James SOE hurting some businesses in the west
Even as the St James business community celebrate the success of the State of Public Emergency in restoring law and order to a large degree in the western parish, some businesses are hurting.
Speaking yesterday at The Gleaner's Jamaica Under Labour Stakeholder Forum on Crime and Security, Director of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Winston Lawson, says some businesses are reporting depressed earnings as a result of the enhanced security measure now in effect in St James.
However, Lawson said these businesses have accepted that there has to be some sacrifice in exchange for the greater good.
He said there is a consensus that the State of Public Emergency has been effective in taming the crime monster in St James.
The parish recorded the highest number of killings in 2017 with 335 murders.
In the meantime, the MoBay chamber director said large businesses such as those in tourism and the Business Process Outsourcing sectors appear not to be affected.