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IN JAMAICA: 12,000 jobs for St Thomas Urban Development Corporation (UDC) Dr Damian Graham says, FCJ to play major role in Morant Bay redevelopment project

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com  Tuesday, June 20, 2017

GENERAL Manager of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) Dr Damian Graham says that some 12,000 new Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) jobs are to be created in Morant Bay, St Thomas.
General Manager of the Urban Development Corporation
Dr Damian Graham responds to a question at yesterday’s Jamaica
Observer Monday Exchange at the newspaper’s head office on
Beechwood Avenue in Kingston. (Photo: Antonio Graham) 
Dr Graham said that the planned establishment of a new town centre for Morant Bay, on the premises of the old Goodyear tyre factory, which has been closed for some 20 years, will not only allow for the BPO expansion, but also housing and educational facilities.
“Persons can't be travelling from Papine to get to Morant Bay in order to work and live, and so we are doing the planning that will help to support that 25-acre project becoming a success,” he added.
Dr Graham said that the UDC has been having discussions with the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) on the proposal for the creation of the new urban centre, as part of the redevelopment of the St Thomas capital.
“We have been doing the master planning for the Morant Bay redevelopment and we will be sharing that as soon as we are complete, at least with the high-level plans,” he said.
However, he said that the project would not be confined to the Goodyear lands, as it will be displacing businesses within a town that currently spans some 200 acres and fitting them into a 25-acre premises at the old Goodyear plant.
“That's going to be massive,” the UDC boss said, as he spoke to Jamaica Observer editors and reporters at the newspaper's Monday Exchange at its Beechwood Avenue head office in Kingston. more