Over the years, several key stakeholders in Jamaica have commented on the potential impact of crime on investment in the country. Here are some of those quotes from The Gleaner Archives.
Godfrey Dyer - chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund - June 2016:
"I think crime is a serious threat to business in Montego Bay, especially tourism and the wider business process outsourcing sector."
Louis G. Moreno - United States Ambassador to Jamaica - September 2015
"They (investors) won't want to come here if they are worried about security; because security and economics go hand in hand."
Davon Crump - past president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry - June 2016
"As an investor, it is frightening when our clients continue to question whether it is safe to visit our region or not. Crime discourages investment. No investment means no new business, and no new business means no opportunity for employment for our people,"
Anthony Harriott - Professor of Political Sociology - June 2015
"The high crime rate, it could trigger capital flight, productivity losses/imbalances and the drying up of vital investment projects, among others things."