THE EDITOR, Sir:A great deal of discussion is taking place on the environmental and other effects of placing the hub in Old Harbour Bay. The fact is we do need the Chinese hub, and wherever it will be located in Jamaica is not my major concern. If we lose the opportunity, I am sure some Central American country will be too happy to have it.
I could have missed it, but I have not heard any questions asked about the possible effects on the current port and trans-shipment ports of Kingston. Will the new port lure away business to the new location?
When the original site of Fort Augusta was proposed, the question was not as relevant, but now all the proposed alternative sites are away from Kingston. Sure, other areas in Jamaica need development and employment too, and Kingston is not all of Jamaica, but will it also have an effect on the redevelopment of the city?
Elected governments have all promised transparency, and now is a good time to put this to the test. We have not been told who will own the 3,000 acres required. Will it be leased, or sold, and if leased, on what terms? Is this separate from the 3,000 acres required for the highway development and other acreages of sugar land? Will Jamaica be part owner and share in the returns, or will it be only the indirect benefits such as taxes we get? Will the hub include cruise-ship facilities?
There are many more questions, but I hope all the issues will be aired quickly, because the investors will not wait forever. Other potential investors will, no doubt, be interested in how we handle this one. I am sure other opportunities in other areas have been lost in the past.