Highway discount until April 2

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March 24, 2016
Jermaine Barnaby/Freelance Photographer Vice president, China Communications Construction Company Limited, Ziyu Sun (left), making a point to Prime Minister Andrew Holness inside the closed circuit camera room of the toll at the opening ceremony for the North-Southlink of Highway 2000 at Cayamanas Estate yesterday. At centre is Mike Henry Minister of Transport.

Motorists using the North-South link of Highway 2000 will enjoy a 25 per cent discount on all legs of the journey, until Saturday, April 2, by when it is projected that the proposed rates will be gazetted for the 66-kilometre stretch of new roadway.

This was announced at Wednesday's official opening ceremony where Niu Qingbao, ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Jamaica, described the highway as a vote of confidence in Jamaica's economic future by the Chinese people.

"The whole of China has confidence in our bilateral relationship, in our friendship, and in Jamaica's economic future. And with the bipartisan support of China/Jamaica friendship, I'm pretty sure that our friendly partnership for common development will have a smooth ride like motorists will have on the highway."

The Chinese Ambassador also demonstrated a deep understanding of the nuances of Jamaican politics - stunning the audience into sustained applause after sharing a Chinese saying that "Connectivity precedes prosperity, so if you want to get rich you build road first. With connectivity in place, prosperity will follow, and of course this road will also be a solid step-up for progress."

Prime Minister Andrew Holness cut the ribbon to officially open the highway with Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller.

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