Tufton pushing to double ICT jobs
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Investment and Commerce Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has embarked on a mission to double the number of jobs and investments in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector in short order.
“We could more than double the capacity as it relates to the number of investors and the number of jobs that can be created within a relatively short space of time,” Dr Tufton commented.
Noting that currently over 11,000 persons islandwide are employed in the sector, the investment and commerce minister expressed confidence that the expansion of facilities and marketing the sector to international investors, should result in the rapid growth of the sector.
Dr Tufton’s optimism over the growth in the sector is mostly based, among other factors, on reports that investors in the USA are seeking “investment locations that are closer to their market”.
“They are looking for investment location where they can find the personnel….human resources that are trainable and also an environment where they can be comfortable on all those variables. Jamaica offers an advantage and as a consequence we believe that we can romp up the production levels and the investment levels and see major expansion in terms of jobs,” an upbeat Dr Tufton argued.
The recently appointed investment and commerce minister was speaking to members of the media during a tour of Montego Bay Free Zone where he visited ICT facilities where over 4,000 persons are employed.
Source: Jamaica Observer