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Hylton: Foreign workers won't displace J'cans in logistics hub initiative

Published:Friday | August 30, 2013 | 1:30 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton says there should be no fear that Jamaican workers will be displaced in the Global Logistics Hub initiative.

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) is one of the leading foreign investors involved in the project.

Hylton says the initiative will result in greater integration of Jamaican workers in the economy.

However, Hylton admitted that as a foreign direct investment, CHEC has a duty to ensure the viability of its investment.

He sought to emphasise that the initiative is not a Government funded one and that investors have to ensure the security of their investments.

The minister notes that protocols already exists that guide other Chinese investment projects in Jamaica.

Meanwhile, the Industry, Investment and Commerce minister,says more local investors are responding to the Global Logistics Hub initiative.

But he said it is up those investors to inform the public of their roles and the projects being undertaken.

He was speaking at a press briefing on the Logistics Hub Project, which is still underway.


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