Freezone breaks ground for new BPO
Prioritised in the Government's strategic Vision 2030 plan as one of the primary sectors that can generate economic growth, the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Sector was the highlight of Prime Minister Andrew Holness' stay in Montego Bay last Thursday, August 25.
Holness, his economic growth strategy minister, Dr Horace Chang, attorney general, Marlene Malahoo Forte, who is also member of parliament for West Central St James, Mayor Glendon Harris, and Professor Gordon Shirley, donned white construction hats, held blue-ribbon shovels and broke ground for a new 63,000 square-foot building aimed specifically at realising the vision.
At a ceremony, attended by more than 100 persons, new life was breathed into the Montego Bay Free Zone, the area where Jamaica's BPO industry has experienced tremendous growth over the past five years.
More than 19 ICT/BPO companies now operate in the complex, employing more than 8,000 persons and assuming the position of being the second largest employer behind the tourism sector.
The prime minister had a lot to celebrate, as this latest venture equates to 2,000 new jobs in the Second City.
Outlook brings you highlights of the event, which also saw new chairman of the Montego Bay Free Zone in attendance Mark Hart; Dr Hu Zhimin of China Harbour, Dr Louis Aikin of TankWeld Limited, directors of the MBFZ board, Dale Delapenha, and Melissa Chang.