8,000 BPO jobs this year

Monday, April 10, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Major developments in business process outsourcing (BPO) operations in the country are expected to provide approximately 8,000 new jobs this year.
This was disclosed by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr Horace Chang, during his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 5.
The Minister said this is in keeping with Prime Minister, Andrew Holness’ mission to employ an additional 200,000 persons in the sector.
“We are working with the HEART Trust/NTA and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to establish the programmes to ensure that this is achievable, including the provision of the technical capacities in engineering and other technical areas needed for the sector and to accommodate the growth in our economy,” he said.
 In addition, the Minister informed that the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) is expanding its purpose-built space for BPO and will be embarking on four main projects at Naggo Head and Caymanas in St Catherine; Garmex Free Zone in Kingston; and the old Goodyear complex in St Thomas.
“The long-term strategic plan is to ensure that the real estate assets of the FCJ and the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) are brought into a full real estate company for the development of purpose-built space for the industry,” he said.
Dr Chang suggested that the assets can then be monetised and the wider public can participate in their development, the profit of the company and the growth of the industry.
“Our objective is to improve efficiency, provide jobs and offer opportunities for improvement in wealth,” he said.
In the meantime, Dr Chang noted that the development of near-port logistics projects “will generate relatively high-skilled jobs, over 200 in construction initially and many more in the long term”.

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