Police Commissioner Dr. Carl Williams
Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams (left), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Clinton Moore (second left), the officer in charge of the Montego Hills Police Station; DSP Marlon Nesbeth (centre), the commanding officer for St James; and Assistant Commissioner of Police Warren Clarke (right) in dialogue with Prime Minister Andrew Holness during his tour of crime-plagued Montego Bay, St James.
mega cities in China,” said Harris, who noted that Wuhan has a population of 12.5 million people.
“We have signed a MOU establishing a partnership with Wuhan that will cover a variety of areas .... culture, education, agriculture, manufacturing, trade and tourism, among other areas.”
The mayor also pointed to the fact that a number of banking entities were now establishing footprints in Montego Bay, which he reads as a sign that business confidence is high in the city.
“It takes no science to realise that, when you see the Bank of Nova Scotia and the First Caribbean Bank developing financial centres here in Montego Bay, plus we have broken ground for the establishment of a financial centre for the National Commercial Bank, that the city is growing at a rapid rate.”
The mayor also pointed to the fact that the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector is becoming an integral part of the western city landscape and is poised for significant expansion.
“For the BPO sector, the demand is for Montego Bay ... persons entering into the business are not asking for Jamaica, they are asking for Montego Bay; so we have to have the necessary infrastructure to accommodate the growth that is taking place,” said Harris.
In its bid to help rein in the lawlessness, the mayor said that the parish council’s crime committee has been working assiduously in the bid to find solutions to the crime situation, which is threatening the parish’s growth potential.