Jamaica. As a step towards trying to deal with the high crime rate in the country, the Jamaican Senate in March adopted a so-called anti-gang law aimed at organized crime. According to Countryaah.com, Jamaica population in 2020 is estimated at 2,961,178. It was forbidden to recruit someone to a criminal organization, a crime that can give up to 20 years in prison.
According to leading representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the financial remediation program initiated in 2013 had already yielded results in 2014 with increased growth and an almost eradicated budget deficit. In March, the government signed an agreement with a Chinese company on the construction of a major port facility in Portland Bight. According to the plans, the plant will create 10,000 job opportunities when it is in full use.
In June, it was announced that the government is preparing a law amendment to decriminalize marijuana for medical and religious use. Anyone caught with a small amount of marijuana for their own use should no longer run the risk of being arrested, charged or placed in the criminal record. However, the holder can still be fined.
Jamaica – Kingston
Kingston, the capital of Jamaica; 584,600 residents (2012). Kingston, located on Jamaica’s southeastern coast, is a major port city as well as a commercial and industrial hub for the country. Among other things, the city exports bananas, coffee, sugar, tobacco and aluminum. Kingston has an international airport and a university (founded in 1962). Parts of the city were destroyed by an earthquake in 1907, but are now rebuilt in modern style.
Kingston was founded in 1692 and became the capital of Jamaica in 1872.