Tag: Jamaica


Jamaica’s Special Economic Zone To Attract US$3.1B In Investments

According to Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Daryl Vaz, the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is set to attract projected new investments of US$3.1 billion. He said the expanded SEZ space is also projected to increase to 1.5 million square feet. An SEZ creates a specifically delineated location that is governed separately by customs […]


Jamaica’s Poverty Rate Fell By 40 Percent In 2018

Jamaica recorded a 40 percent drop in the poverty rate in 2018, the lowest in 10 years. This was disclosed by the Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. Nigel Clarke, in Parliament recently. “In 2018, the poverty rate was 12.6 percent, a decline of 6.7 percentage points relative to 2017…. This is the lowest rate of poverty since […]


Jamaica Rakes In US$3.64 Billion From Tourism In 2019

Jamaica welcomed approximately 4.3 million visitors in 2019, comprising 2.7 million stopover arrivals and 1.6 million cruise passengers, whose combined spending contributed to the destination earnings of US$3.64 billion. Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett made the disclosure recently in the country’s 2020/21 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives. He stated that stopover arrivals last year increased by 8.4 percent, […]


Jobs In BPO Sector Roaring Back

The Jamaican Government is reporting a healthy recovery of jobs in the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector. A total of 3,300 employees have regained their jobs, lost earlier because of the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. According to the Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz, “The sector lost approximately US$42 million […]


4 New COVID-19 Cases Bring Jamaica’s Total To 690

Jamaica, in its latest report, has recorded four new positive cases of the coronavirus. This brings the total confirmed COVID-19 cases on the island to 690. The new cases consist of two females and two males, ranging from 24 to 38 years. Three are non-residents who have since left the island. The Ministry of Health & Wellness did not say […]


Cameron To Seek Nominations To Run For Chairmanship Of ICC

Former Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron has told Radio Jamaica Sports that he will be seeking nominations to run as chairman of cricket’s world governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC). However, CWI is yet to receive an official request from Cameron seeking its support. A week ago, reports emerged that the United States Cricket Hall of Fame, […]


Jamaica – 12 New Cases Of COVID-19, Seven Recoveries

Jamaica has recorded 12 new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 638. Additionally, seven persons have recovered from the virus over the same period, putting the overall recovery numbers at 458 or 72 percent. Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton disclosed during the regular virtual […]


Jamaica Set To Welcome Tourists

According to Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, the tourism industry is ready to receive the estimated 6,000 visitors who are expected to arrive in the island between June 15 and 30 as the Government begins phased reopening of the country’s borders. “On June 15, we will have seven flights that will come in. Between June 15 and 30 we […]


Jamaica’s COVID-19 Cases Move To 615

Jamaica recorded one new case of the coronavirus on Saturday. This brings the country’s total confirmed COVID-19 cases to 615. The Ministry of Health said the new case, which is imported, is a 63-year-old man of a St Catherine address. According to the release, the imported case is from the batch of residents who returned to the island via cruise […]


Caribbean Countries — Come In We’re Open

Over the past three months, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced countries into a lockdown mode, but today, more and more countries are now reopening to accommodate travelers for summer vacation. A handful of countries are letting in everyone while others are inviting only a select few. Some Caribbean countries are now welcoming travelers while others are tentative. The list includes […]