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5 Reasons Jamaica Should Own Its Global Logistics Hub Without China

Portia-in-China-029-3To Ensure That There’s A Monetary Benefit To Jamaicans At All Levels

The most recent proposal to lease or sell the Goat Islands is one that can only be described as ludicrous. Jamaica may not know what mineral resources exist there, but they do know there is great potential. Therefore, the only deal that could be acceptable is one that ensures a majority of funds or other proceeds from exploration would be retained in Jamaica; and funds that are removed should be sufficiently taxed to benefit the nation; and employment opportunities for both skilled and unskilled persons should weigh heavily in our favor, since we know the Chinese penchant for using their own mass workers in foreign projects.

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10 thoughts on “5 Reasons Jamaica Should Own Its Global Logistics Hub Without China

  1. Gareth Duvalier says:

    not all glitter is gold we need to do more research to make the right decisions to secure our country and the future of it

  2. David Rennie says:

    Anti China propaganda in the service of U.S. imperialism. Africa has profited greatly by ventures with China. They give a better deal.

  3. Steven Smith says:

    I don't know where your getting your information from but the article has some first hand knowledge participants. There is also world facts that these statements can be fact checked against. So yours is one of your opinion and not fact. Btw…The USA has nothing to do with this deal.

  4. Steven Smith says:

    As the GOJ still refuses to release any information of the hub in the PBPA Goat Islands, it makes it had to understand what type of deal is in the MOU. What guarantee for jobs? Why the goat islands over every other site, when the previous PM told CHEC no they couldn't have the Goat Islands, and must choose from the other purposed sites? There are concerns about the environment yes, but there is also another concern now reaching the surface, which is that the south coast of Jamaica in the PBPA was home of the Taino Tribes. Historic artifacts have been found in the area, along with cave paintings. So the concern is one of loss of cultural heritage as well as loss of environment. While not opposed to the transshipping hub, most are against it being developed in the protected area or any other protected area. The main concern ha and will be transparency, accountability, & oversight. This can not be done behind the backs or with the input of the citizens of Jamaica.

  5. Paul James says:

    Just had to look up Goat Island. To even consider leasing without doing the necessary surveys is stupid but even more dangerous would be the chinese basically having their own island so close to Jamaica. Why would this even be a consideration?

  6. George Bond says:

    the bottom line is Jamaica could not do it alone..we is poor people ya know.!… to the Chinese..i think its a dangerous move…they will bring in their own workers and the only jobs Jamaicans will get will be manual ones with little or no security….as far as I know no figures have been produced to say how much Jamaica expects to make from the deal..and despite environmental objections it is a deal……be careful what you wish for.!….it might bite you in the bauxite…x

  7. James Wood says:

    Some really good points and advice that is worth heeding.

  8. Jeremy Hosue says:

    Its a logistics hub, a freezone for manufacturing and port.
    the port should not be free of jamaican taxes which is what I feel they are heading for. china has been purchasing out sugar plantations andshould not be allow to ship from this port without us getting normal tax out of it.
    I hear that at freezone people get bad treatment, sometimes companies just pack and go without notification, worst China doesnt have a good track record with human rights.

  9. Roquefort Merlot says:

    That's an opinion you hold.

  10. Roquefort Merlot says:

    Africans have become resentful, though, unhappy with unbalanced relationships in which China has taken proprietorship of African natural resources using Chinese labor and equipment without transferring skills and technology. “China takes our primary goods and sells us manufactured ones. This was also the essence of colonialism,” Lamido Sanusi, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, wrote in the Financial Times earlier this year.

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