Vaz promises upgrade of informal settlements

August 11, 2020
Minister of Tourism  Edmund Bartlett (left); and Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz, tour a section of Grange Pen in St James, recently.
Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett (left); and Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz, tour a section of Grange Pen in St James, recently.

Daryl Vaz, minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, said the Government is committed to transforming informal settlements into structured, livable neighbourhoods.

"In 2020, there should be no one living in improper infrastructure and, therefore, this Government is committed to [correcting] that," he said.

"What is very clear is that there are informal settlements that need proper infrastructure and residents provided with titles so that we can convert some dead [capital] into wealth. Those persons will then be able to use the titles to fund their businesses or whatever opportunities they can find," he added.

Vaz was speaking following a tour of several areas in St James, recently, where work is under way to build new houses and regularise existing communities in order to alleviate the challenges of informal settlements appearing on the north coast.

The Housing Agency of Jamaica, under a joint venture partnership with the China-based Henan Fifth Construction Group Company Limited, is building more than 754 housing solutions at Rhyne Park to meet the housing demand for low- to middle-income workers and persons employed to the attractions and accommodations sector.

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