Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Dr. Carl Wil­liams

Jamaica Gleaner - - WESTERN FOCUS -

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.

ADRIAN FRATER PHOTO

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