Jamaican or Chinese jobs?

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A declaration that the Chinese seaport to be built on the Goat Islands will create 10,000 permanent jobs has been greeted with scepticism by Jamaica Observer online readers who question whether the positions will be filled by Jamaican or Chinese nationals. The disclosure was made by Port Authority of Jamaica Chairman Professor Gordon Shirley in an interview with the Observer Tuesday at the Jamaica Logistics Hub Symposium in downtown Kingston. Here are some edited comments:


A Chinese seaport? What are the terms? Who will get those 10,000 jobs? If it will be Jamaicans, will they need a passport and Chinese visa to go to work? Why is the Port Authority issuing such a statement and not the prime minister? There are a lot more questions.


I guess the work of those scientists does not matter. I guess the cry of the public is of no concern. Also that 'ten thousand permanent jobs' bit is a joke. As repeatedly done in the past, most managerial posts will go to the foreigners, whilst Jamaicans for the most part will be left mixing cement and the like. Here we have a Government telling us to create business and develop our country whilst they are working assiduously at selling all our assets. If they do not see that it is economically efficient to own assets on the island, why should the private sector invest? If they are incapable of managing our airlines, airports etc, why do we assume they are competent to manage our country?


Jamaican or Chinese jobs?


So between the logistics hub, marijuana exploits, offshore banking centre, sports tourism and reparations*, don't you think we can achieve vision 2030? Hopefully, we will be the Republic of Jamaica by then with strict term limits for these poor-loving, power-hungry messiahs (aka politicians) from heaven. #GoTeamJamaica


Wonder how many of the ten thousand jobs will actually go to Jamaicans.


Finally, some action on this project which can jump-start the whole logistics hub idea for the island. Previously it was pure talk, talk, talk, without any idea of anything materialising,


So much for the "transparency" thingy of a promise from you know who.


When did this deal go through? This action confirms that this Government holds the people of Jamaica in contempt. And they can come up with all the carrots to fool the people, but those with any intelligence and who are not blinded by the colours of the PNP will know that those figures are only hype and serve to placate and quieten the murmurs of those who are not mesmerised by this Government. The fact is, Jamaicans will get the crumbs and the Chinese will be laughing all the way to their vaults and then to their banks in China!


JA is going to regret this.


So, the "we put people first" government has sold us out again. They came to us and lied about the fact that no decision was made on the use of Goat island ...when from their first trip to China they had already made the deal with the Chinese. If this had happened under a JLP government, media, civil society, tribalists, [and] the church would be calling for the resignation of the entire government. But, it's PNP country so I guess we will just allow them to take us to hell in a hand basket.


We saw this coming, no surprises here. From the moment one politician dismissed two likkle lizards, to the moment the application to have Goat Islands recognised as a heritage site was withdrawn, the writing was on the wall. Dem see Jamaicans as fools. The stewards of this land are a failure.


Now that we have confirmation that Goat Islands deal is done, we hope it will be an asset to our ailing economy. 10,000 jobs will be created, or it's just an arbitrary figure given by our politicians to appease the public who has doubts about this project. Being that it will be constructed off our mainland, let's see how many of these imaginary jobs will be allocated to Jamaicans. We all know the Chinese will be looking to put their people to work, first and foremost.


10,000 jobs? Wow! Jamaica's economic problems will be solved, notwithstanding the fact that BOJ governor recently said basic low-skilled jobs are impeded by a lack of core literacy. What am I missing here?


Jamaicans will be squatters on Goat Islands the moment this project is up and running. Goat Islands will be renamed 'Little China'.


Well, based on the fact that Mr Shirley is not a politician, we have to take it that this one is a done deal, and while I am still not 100 per cent convinced that the Goat Islands will be the centre of this project because we have not yet heard from Uncle Sammy, I do hope that the train starts moving soon.


Long time. I say send on the hub whether it is goat, sheep or pig island. In life we have to prioritorise. So what is more important right now? Ecological balance or economic/financial progress? We have to learn to accept the realities of our situation and stop vilifying the Chinese. They are business people and are investing just as any other capitalist would do. Would it make a difference if the investment was from somewhere else?


A hope one deh-deh for even one Jamaican.


Ok, the Panama Canal will be opening soon; these talks should have happened two years ago. At this point, you should be putting the finishing touches on the Logistics Hub. Jamaica needs to see action. Remember that we are not the only country in the Caribbean that wants to take advantage of this. I have hope in this project. Jamaica needs it.





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