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AUDIO: Focus on immediate economic benefits, urges Samuda

Published:Wednesday | March 26, 2014 | 10:12 AM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Opposition Spokesperson on Infrastructure, Karl Samuda, says the Government is focusing on establishing a logistics hub at the expense of more immediate benefits from existing opportunities.




In Parliament yesterday, Samuda noted that the impending opening of the North-South Highway provides greater impetus for the development of lands at Caymanas in St Catherine.



One leg of the highway ends along the Mandela Highway where the Caymans lands are located.



Samuda said the Caymanas Economic Zone would be less contentious than proposals to develop the environmentally-protected Goat Islands.



In responding to the concerns, Transport and Works Minister Dr Omar Davies said work is being done in relation to the Cayamanas Economic Zone.



However, he noted that he and Commerce Minister Anthony Hylton will speak more on the matter at a later date.



In January it was disclosed that a developer for the first 200 acres of the Caymanas property has been identified but a deal is still to be finalised.



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