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St Elizabeth revelling in prosperity

Published:Friday | February 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM


It has been two years since the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) won the 2016 general election, and in spite of the steady upward movement in the country's murders, there have been quite a lot of positives taking place in the local economy.

I have been living in the constituency of North East St Elizabeth over the past five years and have noticed that since the change in government, there has been a sharp increase in economic activity right across the parish, and in particular, the constituencies of North East and South East St Elizabeth.

Late last year, the long-overdue resurfacing work was completed on the main thoroughfare stretching from Gutters on the border with Manchester all the way to Tombstone in Lacovia.

The reopening of the Alpart bauxite plant has resulted in the employment of several hundreds of persons, as well as the revival of other businesses in Nain and adjoining communities.

Agricultural production has expanded, and the recently renovated Appleton Sugar Factory and Rum Tour is expected to bring in more tourists and trigger a job spike. The Algix fish farm has also been upgraded.

Construction has also been booming, with the establishment of a number of small and large commercial shopping complexes currently under construction in the towns of Santa Cruz and Junction. In addition, there are countless dwelling houses under various stages of construction.

It is obvious that the Holness administration has done a fairly good job to date in trying to fulfil its promise of prosperity for Jamaica.

However, we should not lose sight of the fact that the foundation was already laid by Dr Peter Phillips during the PNP's last term as government.