APPROXIMATELY 87,000 direct jobs are expected to be created if Jamaica’s Logistics Hub Initiative is realised, chief executive officer, Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority Dr Eric Deans has said.
A further analysis of the multiplier effect, done by Nathan Associates, a group of economic consultants headquartered in the United States, shows that each job can potentially create five additional openings, equating to an overall 437,000 employment opportunities.
The hub is regarded as crucial to generating higher levels of sustainable economic growth, greater fiscal stability and significant job creation over the next 20 years.
Its full build-out will comprise nearly 3,900 hectares of development islandwide from over US$28 billion of projected investments.
Speaking after the launch of the 422-page Logistics Hub Master Plan and Market Analysis at the Regional Headquarters of The University recently, Dr Deans told the Jamaica Observer that the first phase of the plan has already started.
“The consultants were required to identify existing projects, and there are over $1 billion worth of projects which have already started. So phase one has commenced already; it’s well underway.
“For phase two, we’re currently doing the Caymanas project and working on the feasibility study which will be completed in June, and then we will go out to get developers and that will follow the development,” Dr Dean said, though adding that this will be driven mainly by the investors who come.