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August 26, 2014
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Clarendonians upbeat about logistics hub

The proposed logistics hub is set to provide tremendous financial and other benefits to the Jamaican economy and by extension Clarendon. The parish's potential to derive these benefits from the hub will be greatly augmented by Highway 2000 and the Vernamfield aerodrome.

The optimistic assertions were made by newly installed president of the Clarendon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), Dr Winston Dawes, at CCC's Logistics Hub and Energy Conservation Symposium in May Pen, Clarendon, last week. While admitting that the parish is a bit late in its preparations, he contended that the chamber's aim is to introduce the whole concept of the hub to the population in Clarendon.

In making his case for the potential benefits, Dawes pointed to Jamaica's prime geographical location, which is at the centre of the eastern section of the Americas, stretching all the way down from Canada to Brazil, and insisted once the country gets its act together, there are enormous benefits to be accrued.

"With the hub located in the western section of St Catherine and at the eastern coast (Goat Island) in addition to that, we have Highway 2000 and the Vernamfield. We are a bit late, but part of the initiative is to introduce the concept of the logistics hub to the population in Clarendon,"Dawes, asserted.

He added," Each of us in Clarendon will have an opportunity to see how our various talents will fit in and provide us with employment and an income, whether you be a farmer, a lawyer, a doctor, an entrepreneur, or an engineer."

He said the highway, which cut directly through the parish and Vernamfield, is endowed with the longest runway in Jamaica and as things expand and investors in shipping and other logistics related industries come on board, Clarendon is going to benefit.

Dawes also said that the symposium was specifically to sensitise the chamber and promised to introduce more educational initiatives, including workshops and partnerships with other interest groups.

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