Gov’t to Spend $400 Million to Build and Upgrade Markets
Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said some $400 million will be spent during the 2018/2019 financial year to construct and upgrade markets across the island.
He said that the expenditure is the largest in recent years for the improvement of market infrastructure, noting that the investment will stimulate small-scale economic activity.
Minister McKenzie was speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for construction of the new Port Maria Market in St. Mary on Wednesday (May 30).
Five Markets to be Upgraded
During the current fiscal year, the Government will be improving five markets across the island at a cost of $75 million.
Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said the facilities slated for upgrades are the Buff Bay Market in Portland; Clarks Town, Trelawny; Black River, St. Elizabeth; Linstead, St. Catherine; and Charles Gordon, St. James.
Making his contribution to the 2017/18 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 19, the Minister said $20 million will be spent on the Clarks Town market, following a $6 million project at the facility, which included perimeter fencing, the installation of sanitary conveniences, paving, and the construction of parking bays for the transportation centre.