FOCUS ON JOB CREATION We are confident that our 10 Point Plan for Economic Growth and Job Creation will generate real expansion of the job market and sustained growth in the long term. Here is a closer look at how we anticipate our strategic approach working.
The Growth Triangle Our â€œGrowth Triangleâ€? refers to the close connections between housing construction, water, and energy. Housing construction means both jobs and improved living conditions for home owners and residents. It is however, heavily dependent on two main inputs which are currently expensive and short in supply: water and energy. Solving the water problem and the energy problem will also lead to more jobs; We therefore propose to address them as interconnected activities: create jobs in supplying water and energy sustainably, and the improved conditions and costs will lead to an increase in housing construction and development, and thus more jobs. The costs of water catchment and energy saving facilities will be rolled up with the mortgage and not borne up front by the homeowner. Here are some of the specific activities which are required to address the water and energy needs:
Water To reduce the strain on water supply, each house must harvest its rainwater; this requires gutters, barrels or tanks and proper filtration to be installedâ€”hands-on work that can be done with a little training.
Training and employing people to do these installations could create over 5,000 jobs in the first year of implementation, growing to 10,000 after 5 years. In addition, many retrofits also drive other small improvements such as casting of concrete bases to hold tanks; repairs to roofs and plumbing, driving business to handymen in the community. By the third year, home owners would have seen significant reduction in their consumption from the main supply; would spend less to purchase water; and the central supplies would be able to reach many more homes, farms and businesses as a result.
Solar Energy In Jamaica we are lucky to have long hours of sunlight which can be converted to thermal energy (heat, for water heating) and electrical energy. Government tax credits and incentives to help businesses to purchase the equipment means that more businesses can pay for the installations.
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