BPO Sector Gets $4 Million Dollar Investment; Set To Create 4500 Jobs
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (centre) breaks ground for the development of BPO space at the Portmore Informatics Park in St Catherine. He is joined by (from left): President and CEO of the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), Professor Gordon Shirley; Minister with Responsibility for Water, Works and Housing, Dr Horace Chang; PAJ Chairman, Ambassador Nigel Clarke; and Portmore Mayor, His Worship Leon Thomas.
The Government is on track to create 200,000 jobs within the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector.
This follows the opening of the country’s latest BPO centre at the Portmore Informatics Park in St. Catherine valued at US$31 million dollars or J$4 billion.
The facility, which will be operated by the Port Authority of Jamaica will see the construction of a 157, 000 square foot facility where US based Alorica will occupy with a view of creating some 4,500 BPO jobs.
Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony last week, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said Jamaica is poised for more investments of this nature.
“It is time for action. My job is to cut through the dense bureaucracy and get to this point, to get things done. We must put every able bodied Jamaican to work. This is the fastest way to get our Jamaicans employed. So let’s get going.”
He said now the government must move with speed, alacrity and determination to provide employment.
“The aspiration and ambition to get Jamaicans employed is a serious one for me. Employment is the greatest tool in fighting crime. Employment is the greatest tool in bringing prosperity to our people. Employment is independence in our hands.”