Janet Silvera

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Janet Silvera said : “We are excited about the prospects in relation to the CRH’s future. We feel that, going forward, the project time that was estimated before will probably be cut by about 50 per cent,” “As a chamber that has called time and time again for something concrete to happen to the CRH, we feel that the minister has made the right move, and we want to thank him and Cabinet for listening to us” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 20, 2021 9:22:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “Even though we were not rich, we were taught to help out other needy persons as well,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 19, 2021 9:56:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “Unless we put in place laws that can help us, we will continue to have our crime rate at this level that it is right now. However, I do not think that we can continue to offer a band-aid solution... when every time this happens we put in SOEs,” “We have been under SOE before, we are right back at square one” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 15, 2021 2:10:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We truly cannot repay them for all they have done, but we can surely give them the recognition that they deserve in our city, where they live work and sacrifice daily, putting their lives on the line to serve you, their fellow Jamaicans,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 13, 2021 8:31:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “We, the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in collaboration with Sarah’s Children, felt that our frontline workers, for the last 20 months, have performed outstandingly. Their sacrifices were priceless and should not go unnoticed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 13, 2021 8:31:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera stated : “Our security forces monitor and patrol facilities and they responded quickly and effectively during this demanding time, and took on the mantle of their sworn duties to protect and save lives. For that, they, too, deserve to be recognised,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 13, 2021 8:31:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “They went above and beyond the call of duty and bent over backwards just so that Jamaica could still have a healthcare system that many of us could still rely on,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 13, 2021 8:31:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “The chamber has continually made its views known, and I believe that we have been too patient for too long,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 1, 2021 9:12:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We believe an absentee oversight committee cannot truly understand, and therefore will not be dedicated enough to put in the urgent work needed to accelerate the project,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 1, 2021 9:12:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “The apparent lack of progress, given the amount of money already spent, and the current standstill, is extremely distressing and concerning for not only the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, but the parish of St James, the community that lives here in this particular region,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 1, 2021 9:12:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “If anybody in this room can tell me why it is that we would have a chairman who is not living in Montego Bay, does not come to Montego Bay as far as we know, probably doesn’t have the time to go to the hospital, then you let me know,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 1, 2021 9:12:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “What downtown Montego Bay needs is order and enforcement. The municipal corporation and the municipal police will need to get to the stage where they understand that this is a city, and in order for the city to do well, it needs order,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 29, 2021 9:51:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera asked : “There needs to be more order as it relates to where the taxis are being parked. For instance, you find those taxi operators are parked around the square in the roundabout area. How that can be possible?” “Something needs to happen where persons are given places to park and where persons can get taxis to go home” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 29, 2021 9:51:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “The people downtown need to know that this is our city and that we need to treat it well and take pride in the city itself. The town needs a proper plan, and the plan is out there. It is just to implement that plan and ensure that there is order in the city,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 29, 2021 9:51:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “I consider the move to the Fairview, Rose Hall, and Ironshore areas to be growth. I do not feel that the growth to these areas will necessarily mean that downtown Montego Bay will become stagnant because you find that there are so many more businesses that are moving in where those others are moving out,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 29, 2021 9:51:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “More often than not it has had a positive effect on those who have taken it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 9:02:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “I am supporting that full-time. If the private sector can provide their staff with the vaccines then it would also take the burden off the Government,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 9:02:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “I would be very shocked to find that there has been a breakdown in communication,” “If anyone is in breach, it is because they are stubborn because the team in western Jamaica have been tremendous. We have been in meetings upon meetings and have been given the kind of information that we would not have normally got from the team” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 21, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “I think they know that to do otherwise would be detrimental to their businesses,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 21, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera declared : “There are four heavyweights coming out of the parish of St James. We, the business community, think it's time that they represent our voices in relation to this bypass road,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 5:17:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “The chamber is encouraging our members, as well as business owners and operators who are not members of the organisation, to immediately put in place arrangements for staff who are not engaged in frontline essential duties, and who are not involved in pandemic-related public response jobs, to, as much as is practicable, work from home. This action is urgent and necessary to reduce the number of persons coming in contact with each other in public spaces, including on public transport, as the most recent spike in COVID-19 case numbers continues,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 11, 2021 8:14:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera explained ( about Bay Chamber ) : “Montego Bay needs #MaskMoBay now more than any other time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 4, 2021 11:03:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “We cannot give up on those who have decided not to wear masks or observe the protocols. We have to continue to remind them of the importance of mask-wearing, and, ideally, let them know how serious and severe it is if we do not do something about COVID-19 at this time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 4, 2021 11:03:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We are quite worried about the situation, and that is why we had the forum last week with stakeholders and also revamped our ‘Mask MoBay’ campaign,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 23, 2021 9:20:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “All of us have to start taking responsibility. We need to focus heavily on our public education. The increase in COVID-19 cases is putting additional strain on what was already a frail health system,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 23, 2021 9:20:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera told : “I am sure some people will come just for the sex, but I wish to make it clear that our site is not a Tinder. We are not selling one-night stands; we hope to create meaningful and wholesome relationships that could culminate into marriage,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 14, 2021 10:59:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We believe now is the perfect time to find that companion. This pandemic has revealed so much about what is important and who is important to us,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We are a nation of fiery (fiyah) people, who have shared our flame with people all over the world,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera told : “For us it is a great loss in Montego Bay. I feel like our elders are just going like that. First it was Tony Hart, then Gordon Butch Stewart, now Ralph Smith, who I find, was one of the most accomplished business leaders and philanthropists in western Jamaica. For me, the contribution that he made to the development of Jamaica's tourism transportation sector is unsurpassed, unequalled,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 30, 2021 1:38:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “To circumvent this, the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry is strongly suggesting that a field hospital be implemented. We believe a field hospital for Cornwall Regional Hospital would be effective, as the hospital serves the entire western region and was already overburdened before the pandemic,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 21, 2021 10:21:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “One of the major concerns is going into the hospital without the virus and walking out infected, because there is not enough separation for non-COVID-19 patients who need critical care. A field hospital would effectively limit the risk of exposure,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 21, 2021 10:21:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera stated : “We believe a field hospital for CRH would be effective as the hospital serves the entire western region and was already overburdened before the pandemic. Such a facility would enhance the ability of CRH to better serve the increase in patients, both for COVID-19 and other illnesses. This would alleviate the stress on the limited offerings from the present hospital,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 17, 2021 11:51:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We are asking the Government to consider another stimulus package to tackle the gross lack of revenue, especially for the tourism sector,” “The livelihoods of many have been severely affected, and there are not many alternatives at this time” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:11:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “Business owners are feeling it, and many are still trying, carrying the weight of the welfare of their employees and their families,” “We need the help. Businesses need stimulus to help them stay afloat and retain their employees. The [reduced] spending power of our citizens has heavily impacted the viability of our economy” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:11:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera explained ( about Cornwall College ) : “Cornwall College was the first government school in Jamaica and the first high school in the West Indies to offer chemistry and physics as subjects in its curriculum. It also had the first chemistry high school lab in Jamaica, and this was established in the 1920s,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:11:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “It is said that the reason for this distinction is the fact that Cornwall College was supposed to provide doctors for the British Empire because there was a high demand for medical services as Britain was involved in multiple wars,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:11:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “For me, this is unacceptable. This delay is only adding to the already overwhelming constraints the region is currently faced with,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:11:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “We are imploring the Government and the relevant authorities to reconsider this delay and to start the construction of the Montego Bay bypass this year as was promised ... . We have suffered enough,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:11:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “We are therefore imploring the Government and the relevant authorities to reconsider this delay and start the construction of the Montego Bay bypass this year as was promised to the people of Montego Bay, because we have suffered enough,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 14, 2021 8:47:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “The powers that be continue to take it for granted. Why has the Montego Bay bypass delayed when work is being done elsewhere? To be honest with you, we are tired of being treated as if Kingston is the only place in Jamaica. Kingston is not Jamaica and it is time that Montego Bay gets the bypass. It is a priority. It is needed now,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 14, 2021 8:47:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “His significance in the building of Jamaica's tourism industry is well-established globally, but he was also a major force in nation-building in so many ways. He built the ATL Group from scratch. That company has long expanded beyond trading in air-conditioners and appliances to include marketing, sales and services in high-end motor vehicles and destination and experience management. His investment in newspaper and radio changed the Jamaican journalism and media landscape, as did other innovations such as the Save the Dollar Initiative, Air Jamaica and Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 6, 2021 8:32:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “Through Sandals Foundation we saw the epitome of a true philanthropist and humanitarian. His shadow will forever loom large across the Caribbean,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 6, 2021 8:32:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We are particularly proud that we are able to provide this scholarship assistance at a time of severe hardships for students and their families due to the devastating effects of the COVID pandemic. Our children need support now more than ever and we encourage all constituents to protect and provide for our young people in this time of crisis,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 2, 2020 3:10:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera added ( about Cornwall College ) : “Congratulations to all the scholarship awardees and their parents who have unwavering commitment to the development of these excellent young men. You have done an outstanding job and we implore you to keep up the great work. We look forward to continued great accomplishments as the students continue their journey through Cornwall College and beyond, and develop to become great citizens of our society and the wider world,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 2, 2020 3:10:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera noted : “I am doing this as a neutral observer … and knowing what is at stake,” “For one, this is not a normal election … and one that is being carried out under the novel coronavirus … the greatest pandemic known to man,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 30, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Cornwall College ) : “Our goal is to establish a scholarship programme to include many more talented students,” “We want to encourage other institutions and individuals to seek opportunities to fund scholarships at Cornwall College” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 29, 2020 10:35:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “At the end of the day, when they leave this institution, these students become a part of some of the best organisations in this country, and that is the result of the foundation that they get at this institution,” “We are particularly proud to provide the scholarship assistance at a time when there is so much hardship, so we implore those who are out there, who can, to give support now more than ever” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 29, 2020 10:35:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added ( about Cornwall College ) : “We have started a GoFundMe page where we are trying to raise US$30,000 (J$4.3 million), and already we have reached US$13,000, and every single cent that CCAA South Florida makes will go directly to Cornwall College,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 29, 2020 10:35:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “Looking at you, all I see is hope, and I see the future of Jamaica. I am encouraging all of you young people, that there is absolutely nothing that can stop you from being who you want to be in life. Once you have ambition, there is nobody that can take that from you,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, August 27, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “You need to tell yourselves that nothing can stop you in life, no matter who tells you that you cannot achieve. Coming from certain communities is not important; what is important is what you want to make of your lives,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, August 27, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera noted : “Tony Hart was a visionary, and Montego Bay was fortunate to have him as one of its own. We were very fortunate to have him — a philanthropist who has contributed to education in addition to development. A stalwart in tourism, big in farming because he believed that a country like Jamaica should be able to feed itself. So food security was critical to him,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 21, 2020 9:28:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “But now that he has died I think we should look into it,” “He was also the only Montegonian that I know who was inducted in the PSOJ Hall of Fame. That speaks volumes for Montego Bay,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 21, 2020 9:28:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Tony Hart ) : “Mr Hart’s death is a great loss to Montego Bay. He was one of the persons who helped to build Montego Bay into what it is today,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, August 20, 2020 10:58:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Tony Hart ) : “Mr Hart’s death is a great loss to Montego Bay, he was one of the persons who helped to build Montego Bay into what it is today,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, August 20, 2020 9:54:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “We know how critical education is to western Jamaica, and we know that we cannot afford to continue to have brain drain, for you to feel so disheartened that you decide to go elsewhere to study. So we want to keep you in this city so you can give back to our city, and that is why it is so critical for us as a Chamber of Commerce to ensure that, when things like this are happening, we are a part of it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, August 19, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “With the reform that is being touted for the Jamaica Constabulary Force, with the restructuring of the Inspectorate and ensuring that they have the kind of equipment to work with, we feel that those are some of the things that will help to reduce crime in Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, August 15, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “The building should also include the Family Court, which is currently in an area that people complain about,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 14, 2020 10:55:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “The plan to construct a western justice complex, aimed at improving the justice system in the parish of St James, needs to recommence. We have been hearing a lot of excuses as to why plans for the construction remain in limbo, and we are tired of it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 31, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “Even in the midst of a pandemic, crime is still the number one disruptor of lives in Jamaica, and the Government needs to stop dilly-dallying on matters that can give our people a fighting chance,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 31, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “We need to ensure that we get JamaicaEye coming into Montego Bay now. We have written to them and they promised to come, and it does not seem like it is going to happen anytime soon, so if we cannot get them to come, then it is suggested that we go to the commissioner of police and the minister of national security to see how we can get them to come to Montego Bay,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 27, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We have spoken with a number of our members who are willing to support them (the JamaicaEye system). We have sent them a letter asking them to come back and meet with you (the chamber); plus, we invited them to do a virtual meeting, but it has not happened,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 27, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “I am now able to present my own mandate through my own committees, and obviously I will be able to do a lot of things I wanted to do for years, as a Montegonian. The first order of business is that we are putting a group together that will go and meet with the StJMC, because they need to tell us where the redevelopment plan is that we have been hearing about for Montego Bay,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 27, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “This reduction in murders and serious crimes is an encouraging sign. As a chamber, it is quite pleasing because we all want to operate in safe surroundings,” “I am hoping that this will extend into the Chinese business community, who have been targeted by criminals in recent robberies. Our concern covers all groupings across all sectors” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 3, 2020 10:14:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “If it is to be leased to someone who has a track record like Joe Bogdanovich,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 21, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera argued : “People have Airbnb in communities or in complexes where you have families. Now, how are you going to manage the protocol in those complexes? That is what we have to worry about. If we're not ready to deal with that then no, I don't feel that Airbnb should reopen until another three months; until something can be done to ensure that all the people who live in those complexes are safe,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 19, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “One company alone was expecting to make about US$100 million this year; they have tapered that amount down to about US$50 million. Another company in the seafood industry told me they experienced a drop of 80 per cent; it is the creativity they are using that has helped them continue to be in business at this time,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 19, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera told : “Some people are going to use compassion maybe and not send home half of their staff. Still, because of COVID-19 and the fact that they have learned how to manage their businesses with not so many staffers within, some persons are already expressing concerns that they will have to let off some of their staff,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 19, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera argued : “They have had no work whatsoever, they have all been sitting down waiting for the industry to reopen because even if they didn't have tourism, they had nothing else because neither could there be any other event outside of the tourism industry... all the industries in relation to entertainment were closed, so they are suffering,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 19, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “I believe that is one of the main reasons they believe they should not have any competition from the outside at this time because they are concerned that the pie for now is too small to be sharing with foreign artistes,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 19, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “There could be names such as the National Commercial Bank’s Lee-Chin, Rainforest Seafoods’ Brian Jardim, and Reggae Sumfest’s Joe Bogdanovich, plus companies such as True Value, JMMB, and Cari-Med. The minister of finance would be urged to give full tax deductions to these donors, and there are also many Jamaicans who were born at the hospital or gave birth there, and would commit to supporting a telethon for its benefit,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 22, 2020 9:26:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “CRH is critical to healthcare in the west, so we have to become creative. I’m suggesting an. ‘adopt a floor’ project, which will depend heavily on buy-ins by private-sector companies or foundations, with each floor of the hospital being branded after a sponsor,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 22, 2020 9:26:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “Our reason for selecting Reverend Jackson is because of his long-standing and unbiased reputation from working in inner-city communities, and he is doing this voluntarily. What the chamber wanted was someone who would be able to identify community leaders who are unblemished, and who would ensure that the people in need are the ones who are reached,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 30, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Charles Gordon ) : “We are sitting on a time bomb at the Charles Gordon Market,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 25, 2020 9:07:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Catherine Hall ) : “The vendors are outside of the market conducting business, and because there are so many people there at the same time, it’s very difficult for the authorities to control the large crowds,” “We may have to have some satellite markets in the city, for instance at Jarrett Park, or the Catherine Hall Centre” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:48:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Charles Gordon ) : “It’s an Alorica waiting to happen; that’s how I feel about the Charles Gordon Market,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:48:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “This [equipment] is to help the hospital to beef up what it already has. We know that with ventilators, it is important that you have monitors. So instead of buying ventilators, we decided to purchase monitors, in addition to PPEs. What we have given here are 12,000 gloves, 100 N95 masks, overshoes, along with gowns. So overall the project is $3.5million and this is how we are going to continue to give back to our constituents,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, April 18, 2020 2:46:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We want to do a short video, about one minute long, where we use some popular faces to get people to be more aware because we find that Montegonians do not understand what it means to stay three feet apart, wear a mask, or wash their hands,” “Too many people are seen on the roadside daily sitting right next to each other without any protective gear” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 17, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We've partnered with New Fortress Energy through its foundation on several activities over the years that are geared at improving the lives of our nation's children, such as their back-to-school programme and we're very happy to be endorsing this initiative,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 3, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added ( about Richard James ) : “There's no doubt that students will need all the help they can get at this time to stay on track and we commend both NFEF and Richard James for helping in this way,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 3, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “Suspending the GCT and SCT for the next three months will reduce the energy bill, which would aid both businesses and the general public in this strenuous period,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 3, 2020 9:12:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We hope the Government of Jamaica will see the widespread benefit of responding positively to this call, and we ask that they do so without further delay,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 3, 2020 9:12:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “The MBCCI also commended the JPS for stepping up its response to the coronavirus pandemic by pledging a total of $45 million to support the fight against the outbreak and to assist our most vulnerable community, the disabled and elderly,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 3, 2020 9:12:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “The rapid spread of COVID-19 continues to significantly disrupt lives, communities and economic activities. It is crucial at this time that all players work together to minimise the impact on the public and limit disruptions to the Jamaican economy,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 1, 2020 11:44:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “Suspending the GCT and SCT for the next three months will reduce the energy bill, which would aid both the businesses and the general public in this strenuous period,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 1, 2020 11:44:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “The partial shutdown/curfew is a necessary inconvenience... we support measures to flatten the curve and remain hopeful. We are aware that it is a delicate balancing act, so moves in increments are very important. It will give businesses time to prepare should there be an islandwide lockdown,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 1, 2020 10:27:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We believe it [curfew] will assist in preventing further spread of the virus by confining persons to their homes, albeit for a limited time. We feel the effective time could have been earlier, perhaps from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 1, 2020 10:27:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera suggested : “no one measure will fix it all” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 1, 2020 10:27:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera suggested : “while the curfew will only assist, the Government will need to roll out the security forces to enforce other measures put in place to address day-time issues” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 1, 2020 10:27:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera argued : “A complete lockdown without a plan to ensure persons have food supplies to maintain themselves is a disaster by itself. So the sooner we have a plan in place, the sooner we can support a lockdown,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 1, 2020 10:27:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We’ve partnered with New Fortress Energy through its Foundation on several activities over the years that are geared at improving the lives of our nation’s children, such as their back-to-school programme and we’re very happy to be endorsing this initiative,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 28, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added ( about Richard James ) : “There’s no doubt that students will need all the help they can get at this time to stay on track and we commend both NFEF and Richard James for helping in this way,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 28, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “This is a very good move and it is most welcomed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 27, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “If persons are so cruel and brazen enough where they set about increasing the prices of goods, services, or commodities to a level much higher than is considered reasonable or fair … . That is being exploitative,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 13, 2020 8:39:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We have to be wary of the unfortunate practice of price-gouging,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 13, 2020 8:39:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera told : “He has agreed to meet with us this Friday morning because we want to give our members as much information that they can give to their staff. Those things are very important to us,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 12, 2020 8:23:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “Jamaica is already fighting with the fallout as it relates to the coronavirus, so the death of a tourist is just more bad news,” “One would want to believe a visitor to the island would be safe … . In fact, 99 per cent of our visitors usually enjoy incident-free vacations” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 5, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “Montego Bay is a strong market with a high demand for affordable homes. However, the cost of acquiring those that are available is a challenge, particularly for our low-income earners and young professionals, who are constantly raising concerns about the severe shortage of affordable homes,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, February 24, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “The acceleration of violence has been taxing on the parish — the heart of the country's tourism industry. The MBCCI is pleased to see the implementation of firm and resolute measures which have sought to combat the complex and vexing problem of crime, including the public state of emergency as well as proactive policing methods. The decline in violence paves the way for an urban revival, which will in turn help to stabilise communities and make the parish safer to live, do business and expand tourism,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 19, 2020 10:40:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “We should not be afraid to get involved and to hold ourselves accountable. The goal is not just to stop the killings, it is to break the cycle of violence and displace criminal activities rooted in poverty and deprivation. The security forces by themselves cannot achieve this; it takes a united effort from a wide range of State and non-State actors. We have no doubt, working together, we will make Montego Bay a perpetual safer city,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 19, 2020 10:40:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We will continue to say that we need options; we also need to put in all the things we have been promised over the years, which is the JamaicaEye. We need that to happen; we need those cameras to be fixed. We need to put in place a number of measures [to curb crime in the city],” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 17, 2020 10:03:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “I am not aware of anything happening, but we are going to ensure that this year we have more conversations with the minister of national security, who is a Member of Parliament right here in western Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 17, 2020 10:03:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “We must have a voice; we have been living under states of emergency for two years so if there is going to be, for instance, a crime summit, we would want to have our voices heard. So, we want the authorities to come to Montego Bay and to meet with us – the business community and residents of Montego Bay. Let us know what your plans are and get ideas from us as well. We must know what we have been living under, and we must know how we can help you best,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 17, 2020 10:03:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We would like the prime minister and the opposition leader to come and meet with us,” “We have been under a SOE for two years. Not that we will not support an extension of the SOE, but we would like to have an voice in all the decisions that are being taken” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 17, 2020 8:47:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added ( about Bay Chamber ) : “We have crime in Montego Bay just like anywhere else, and we would love to know if there’s going to be a meeting of the minds, that we would be able to contribute as western Jamaicans in a meaningful way. We have our thoughts as to how this needs to be done, so there’s no reason why we should not be included in those talks,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 17, 2020 8:47:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “I went to a recent meeting of the chambers of commerce and the government, and I requested of the prime minister and the opposition leader to meet with us here in Montego Bay. (At the time) we were having so many more problems with crime than Kingston. I followed up with letters, and the opposition responded that they would come, but the prime minister’s office has not acknowledged receipt of that letter,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 17, 2020 8:47:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “We have met with the Ministry of Health and the mayor’s office with the hope of starting a public-education campaign, because food vendors, especially on the Hip Strip, continue to dispose of their waste without due consideration and the old Hospital Park is now infested with rats, and downtown Montego Bay is also infested with rats,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 5, 2020 9:21:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Pier One ) : “Pier One has been celebrating on New Year’s Eve in this manner for a number of years, where residents get to watch the spectacle from the waterfront,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 31, 2019 9:44:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Pier One ) : “The TEF allocated the money towards fireworks for the city and we knew that was not enough to put on the exhibition that fireworks are known for, so we offered to partner with Pier One, because they have been doing it out of pocket annually,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 31, 2019 9:44:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Pier One ) : “This is something that we want to continue and so we were very excited when the opportunity came up to partner with Pier One,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 31, 2019 9:44:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “It didn't happen by accident. It happened because at every juncture in our history, not just once, not just twice, but over and over again, we came together to recreate ourselves; we came together, as one, and did what was necessary to win the future,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:36:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “The upward trajectory in employment in this region, can be attributed to this man. He inspired the Barnett Tech Park, a 48-acre technology park, home to flagship operations of VistaPrint, Conduent, ACCT to which thousands of young people from across western Jamaica have been gainfully employed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 28, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added ( about Bay South ) : “The truth is that he has made a remarkable impact on the development of Montego Bay and has led by example in all that he has done for the city,” “He has been the engine behind the development of Montego Bay South in a responsible and strategic manner and in keeping with the master plan for the 1500-acre area. In so doing, he has ensured the orderly and planned expansion of Montego Bay City, which now boasts some of the finest commercial centres, chief among them the much acclaimed Fairview” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 28, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “His love for country and commitment to the tourism sector are compelling reasons why he has been named the RJRGLEANER Hospitality Jamaica Personality of the Year,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 15, 2019 9:42:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “A tireless worker with a passion for the industry and for the persons who work within the industry, it is hard to envision a more deserving recipient,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 8, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera told : “Earners of Jamaican dollars are being severely squeezed with a volatile and devaluing Jamaican dollar, especially when you have to buy in the US for stock, as well as continually having to worry about maintaining margins and price to guarantee profit and be able to purchase US (dollars) for restocking,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 6, 2019 9:58:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “A more moderate exchange rate system is best for all our businesses’ predictability and will only be balanced by the BOJ’s decision to intervene with the use of the reserve and/or the use of other macro-monetary measures,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 6, 2019 9:58:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera explained : “Over 80,000 votes were polled this year, an increase of 100 per cent over 2017,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 6, 2019 9:58:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “The Entertainment – Best Event category will showcase events like Reggae Sumfest, Rebel Salute, Dream Weekend, and Buju Banton’s Long Walk To Freedom, which all attracted significant numbers of visitors to the island and positively impacted our tourism product,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 6, 2019 9:58:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added ( about Bay Chamber ) : “We are heartened by the response received this year and see tremendous growth potential for the event, which is again being sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board, Ascend Innovation, Tai Flora, Caribbean Producers Jamaica, Rainforest Seafoods, Best Dressed Foods, the Montego Bay Convention Centre and Tropical Tours,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 6, 2019 9:58:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “And let me tell you something, - until you get people to live in a humane and civilized environment, you are not going to be able to fight crime effectively, because crime thrives in chaos, and illegal tenancy adds to that chaos. Therefore, we cannot leave out the informal communities that continue to wreak havoc on our parish,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 28, 2019 9:01:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “But we know that this will not be enough because we have approximately 20,000 houses in the squatter settlements alone. So we are imploring investors and housing developers to look into this [as] not only a successful business opportunity but also as a way to affect our city's social infrastructure,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 25, 2019 8:41:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “They included the following initiatives: Echo Squad, 1976; Ranger Squad, 1980; Eradication Squad, 1981; Operation Intrepid, 1999; and the list goes on, and on,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 28, 2019 9:51:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera stated : “This pandemic known as crime must be eradicated, and what we know is that Government cannot do this alone. It will require an all-hands-on-deck commitment, which includes the private sector; the various organisations such as the PMI, CSJP; the mnisters fraternal; Government and Opposition,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 28, 2019 9:51:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “It is critical for us to recognise and celebrate the individuals, organisations, and entities that make Jamaica the destination that it is – the diversity that we offer, that is not known everywhere else, and the uniqueness that is Jamaica,” “That is what we are seeking to recognise with these awards” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 19, 2019 9:37:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “Four brand-new categories have been added to this year’s list of awards, increasing the total to 17. Three companies or individuals will be shortlisted for each category,” “We have decided on this format because all of these come together to form a large part of what makes the hospitality industry what it is” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 19, 2019 9:37:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We are not of the opinion that the security forces are not trying to reduce crime in St James, but the possibility exists that there is a need for more meaningful consultations and more synchronisation of the army and the police [in their operations],” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 4, 2019 9:19:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “As a former president of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association and also the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, he was amongst the first to understand the meaning of the term Brand Jamaica and the importance of positioning our little island on the world stage and where Jamaican manufacturers and producers could look beyond our shores and successfully compete in a global forum,” “Such was the nature of the man – a true visionary, who was clearly ahead of his time” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 2, 2019 10:01:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “You’re here because you worked hard throughout the year and we are celebrating you today – and so we encourage you to work even harder and stay focused so you can reap many, many more benefits,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 2, 2019 8:49:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added ( about Bay Chamber ) : “When New Fortress Energy approached us to collaborate with them on this initiative, it was very easy for us to say yes. At MBCCI, we understand that education is the key to lifting people, communities and nations out of poverty, and we are committed to continue investing in our children to help them realise their true potential. On behalf of our entire executive team, we commend New Fortress Energy for this very important initiative that they have undertaken in Montego Bay for the second consecutive year, and we look forward to collaborating with them again next year and years to come,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 2, 2019 8:49:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “When New Fortress Energy approached us to collaborate with them on this initiative, it was very easy for us to say yes. At MBCCI we understand that education is the key to lifting people, communities and nations out of poverty, and we are committed to continue investing in our children to help them realise their true potential. On behalf of our entire executive team, we commend New Fortress Energy for this very important initiative that they have undertaken in Montego Bay for the second-consecutive year, and we look forward to collaborating with them again next year and years to come,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, August 31, 2019 11:01:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “Informal settlements remain a major challenge, as well as improper disposal of waste. The coastal roads are in good condition; several sidewalks have been improved, which the chamber is very happy for, and we hope this continues throughout the city,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 30, 2019 8:51:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera asked ( about Bay Chamber ) : “Even though we hosted the world’s biggest [reggae] festival, the name Montego Bay was not mentioned. You hear Reggae Sumfest, you hear this, you hear that, but the name Montego Bay was not mentioned, and we cannot afford that. Can we?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 30, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “Last [Tuesday] night, I was watching the newscast on the television about Reggae Sumfest, and except for one negative news item, all was positive – businesses boomed, food vendors were doing exceptionally well – yet, if Montego Bay was mentioned at all, I didn’t hear it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 30, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera stated : “We need to stake our claim on our city because it is ours. We are not to allow anyone to define who we are. Instead of having the outside world define us as the murder capital, the SOE (state of emergency) state, we need to define ourselves,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 30, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We can’t tell you that we would love to see another five years of SOE, but we are OK with the extension. We had a meeting with a number of stakeholders last week and at that meeting, we agreed that we would support an extension of up to three months,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 27, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : "The Chambers of Commerce, the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters' Association, Jamaica Chamber Of Commerce ... [and] wider community ... all of us need to come together and find solutions to crime," External link

jamaica-star Friday, July 26, 2019 5:02:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “I don’t know if it is necessarily true that Sumfest has outgrown the venue. We have to take into consideration the Buju factor in terms of having a larger-than-normal turnout,” “I don’t think the layout, which included an extended VVIP area, helped, as it limited the ability to move around the venue. Also, there were far too many chairs, which took up a lot of space” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 23, 2019 8:51:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “Just about everybody ... benefits from Sumfest. This year, the restaurants did exceptionally well; they never had enough hands to feed the people. The street vendors are saying they have never had it as good as this year,” “We had so many people being employed in different areas. In security alone, over 100 persons were employed and then you had a large number of persons who were employed to build out the infrastructure at the venue” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 23, 2019 8:51:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “I am extremely concerned because we don’t wish to go back to where we are coming from,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 3, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We cannot have SOEs and ZOSOs forever,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 3, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera told ( about Bay Chamber ) : “One of the first orders of the day is to put together a think tank with some of the brightest minds in Montego Bay. That will include members of the business community, but all echelons of the society,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, July 1, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera disclosed ( about Adam Stewart ) : “That think tank is already being supported by Adam Stewart, who is going to help me to organise it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, July 1, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “Crime is one of our major challenges and we can't afford to allow it to keep us back as a city,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, July 1, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera told : “Succession planning was pivotal during Winston Lawson’s tenure, and I am humbled by the reception of the business community to the announcement of my appointment, and I am anxious to hit the ground just so I can find out how better we can serve them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 27, 2019 5:05:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “The legacy he has left will be carried through with ease owing to the fact we all embraced his strategies,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 27, 2019 5:05:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We are pleased to join all the other organisations as we solidify our partnership with Montego Bay City Run to the tune of $2 million,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 4, 2019 9:56:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : "It is for this reason that Hospitality Jamaica is proud to present the first award of this kind to the undisputed leader and innovator in an industry that has become the lifeblood and pinnacle of all industries in the Caribbean," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 12, 2017 8:45:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera explained : "Engaging in continuous upgrading of their facilities and training of staff is among one of the most important criteria," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, September 11, 2016 9:06:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : "This person must have served the industry for more than 15 years; must have made significant contribution to tourism, community development, while playing the role of a change agent," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, September 11, 2016 9:06:00 AM EAT



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Janet Silvera said : “We are excited about the prospects in relation to the CRH’s future. We feel that, going forward, the project time that was estimated before will probably be cut by about 50 per cent,” “As a chamber that has called time and time again for something concrete to happen to the CRH, we feel that the minister has made the right move, and we want to thank him and Cabinet for listening to us” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 20, 2021 9:22:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “Even though we were not rich, we were taught to help out other needy persons as well,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 19, 2021 9:56:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “Unless we put in place laws that can help us, we will continue to have our crime rate at this level that it is right now. However, I do not think that we can continue to offer a band-aid solution... when every time this happens we put in SOEs,” “We have been under SOE before, we are right back at square one” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 15, 2021 2:10:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We truly cannot repay them for all they have done, but we can surely give them the recognition that they deserve in our city, where they live work and sacrifice daily, putting their lives on the line to serve you, their fellow Jamaicans,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 13, 2021 8:31:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “We, the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in collaboration with Sarah’s Children, felt that our frontline workers, for the last 20 months, have performed outstandingly. Their sacrifices were priceless and should not go unnoticed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 13, 2021 8:31:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera stated : “Our security forces monitor and patrol facilities and they responded quickly and effectively during this demanding time, and took on the mantle of their sworn duties to protect and save lives. For that, they, too, deserve to be recognised,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 13, 2021 8:31:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “They went above and beyond the call of duty and bent over backwards just so that Jamaica could still have a healthcare system that many of us could still rely on,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 13, 2021 8:31:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “The chamber has continually made its views known, and I believe that we have been too patient for too long,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 1, 2021 9:12:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We believe an absentee oversight committee cannot truly understand, and therefore will not be dedicated enough to put in the urgent work needed to accelerate the project,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 1, 2021 9:12:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “The apparent lack of progress, given the amount of money already spent, and the current standstill, is extremely distressing and concerning for not only the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, but the parish of St James, the community that lives here in this particular region,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 1, 2021 9:12:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “If anybody in this room can tell me why it is that we would have a chairman who is not living in Montego Bay, does not come to Montego Bay as far as we know, probably doesn’t have the time to go to the hospital, then you let me know,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 1, 2021 9:12:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “What downtown Montego Bay needs is order and enforcement. The municipal corporation and the municipal police will need to get to the stage where they understand that this is a city, and in order for the city to do well, it needs order,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 29, 2021 9:51:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera asked : “There needs to be more order as it relates to where the taxis are being parked. For instance, you find those taxi operators are parked around the square in the roundabout area. How that can be possible?” “Something needs to happen where persons are given places to park and where persons can get taxis to go home” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 29, 2021 9:51:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “The people downtown need to know that this is our city and that we need to treat it well and take pride in the city itself. The town needs a proper plan, and the plan is out there. It is just to implement that plan and ensure that there is order in the city,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 29, 2021 9:51:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “I consider the move to the Fairview, Rose Hall, and Ironshore areas to be growth. I do not feel that the growth to these areas will necessarily mean that downtown Montego Bay will become stagnant because you find that there are so many more businesses that are moving in where those others are moving out,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 29, 2021 9:51:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “More often than not it has had a positive effect on those who have taken it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 9:02:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “I am supporting that full-time. If the private sector can provide their staff with the vaccines then it would also take the burden off the Government,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 9:02:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “I would be very shocked to find that there has been a breakdown in communication,” “If anyone is in breach, it is because they are stubborn because the team in western Jamaica have been tremendous. We have been in meetings upon meetings and have been given the kind of information that we would not have normally got from the team” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 21, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “I think they know that to do otherwise would be detrimental to their businesses,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 21, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera declared : “There are four heavyweights coming out of the parish of St James. We, the business community, think it's time that they represent our voices in relation to this bypass road,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 5:17:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “The chamber is encouraging our members, as well as business owners and operators who are not members of the organisation, to immediately put in place arrangements for staff who are not engaged in frontline essential duties, and who are not involved in pandemic-related public response jobs, to, as much as is practicable, work from home. This action is urgent and necessary to reduce the number of persons coming in contact with each other in public spaces, including on public transport, as the most recent spike in COVID-19 case numbers continues,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 11, 2021 8:14:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera explained ( about Bay Chamber ) : “Montego Bay needs #MaskMoBay now more than any other time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 4, 2021 11:03:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “We cannot give up on those who have decided not to wear masks or observe the protocols. We have to continue to remind them of the importance of mask-wearing, and, ideally, let them know how serious and severe it is if we do not do something about COVID-19 at this time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 4, 2021 11:03:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We are quite worried about the situation, and that is why we had the forum last week with stakeholders and also revamped our ‘Mask MoBay’ campaign,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 23, 2021 9:20:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “All of us have to start taking responsibility. We need to focus heavily on our public education. The increase in COVID-19 cases is putting additional strain on what was already a frail health system,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 23, 2021 9:20:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera told : “I am sure some people will come just for the sex, but I wish to make it clear that our site is not a Tinder. We are not selling one-night stands; we hope to create meaningful and wholesome relationships that could culminate into marriage,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 14, 2021 10:59:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We believe now is the perfect time to find that companion. This pandemic has revealed so much about what is important and who is important to us,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We are a nation of fiery (fiyah) people, who have shared our flame with people all over the world,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera told : “For us it is a great loss in Montego Bay. I feel like our elders are just going like that. First it was Tony Hart, then Gordon Butch Stewart, now Ralph Smith, who I find, was one of the most accomplished business leaders and philanthropists in western Jamaica. For me, the contribution that he made to the development of Jamaica's tourism transportation sector is unsurpassed, unequalled,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 30, 2021 1:38:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “To circumvent this, the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry is strongly suggesting that a field hospital be implemented. We believe a field hospital for Cornwall Regional Hospital would be effective, as the hospital serves the entire western region and was already overburdened before the pandemic,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 21, 2021 10:21:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “One of the major concerns is going into the hospital without the virus and walking out infected, because there is not enough separation for non-COVID-19 patients who need critical care. A field hospital would effectively limit the risk of exposure,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 21, 2021 10:21:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera stated : “We believe a field hospital for CRH would be effective as the hospital serves the entire western region and was already overburdened before the pandemic. Such a facility would enhance the ability of CRH to better serve the increase in patients, both for COVID-19 and other illnesses. This would alleviate the stress on the limited offerings from the present hospital,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 17, 2021 11:51:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We are asking the Government to consider another stimulus package to tackle the gross lack of revenue, especially for the tourism sector,” “The livelihoods of many have been severely affected, and there are not many alternatives at this time” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:11:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “Business owners are feeling it, and many are still trying, carrying the weight of the welfare of their employees and their families,” “We need the help. Businesses need stimulus to help them stay afloat and retain their employees. The [reduced] spending power of our citizens has heavily impacted the viability of our economy” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:11:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera explained ( about Cornwall College ) : “Cornwall College was the first government school in Jamaica and the first high school in the West Indies to offer chemistry and physics as subjects in its curriculum. It also had the first chemistry high school lab in Jamaica, and this was established in the 1920s,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:11:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “It is said that the reason for this distinction is the fact that Cornwall College was supposed to provide doctors for the British Empire because there was a high demand for medical services as Britain was involved in multiple wars,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:11:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “For me, this is unacceptable. This delay is only adding to the already overwhelming constraints the region is currently faced with,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:11:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “We are imploring the Government and the relevant authorities to reconsider this delay and to start the construction of the Montego Bay bypass this year as was promised ... . We have suffered enough,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:11:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “We are therefore imploring the Government and the relevant authorities to reconsider this delay and start the construction of the Montego Bay bypass this year as was promised to the people of Montego Bay, because we have suffered enough,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 14, 2021 8:47:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “The powers that be continue to take it for granted. Why has the Montego Bay bypass delayed when work is being done elsewhere? To be honest with you, we are tired of being treated as if Kingston is the only place in Jamaica. Kingston is not Jamaica and it is time that Montego Bay gets the bypass. It is a priority. It is needed now,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 14, 2021 8:47:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “His significance in the building of Jamaica's tourism industry is well-established globally, but he was also a major force in nation-building in so many ways. He built the ATL Group from scratch. That company has long expanded beyond trading in air-conditioners and appliances to include marketing, sales and services in high-end motor vehicles and destination and experience management. His investment in newspaper and radio changed the Jamaican journalism and media landscape, as did other innovations such as the Save the Dollar Initiative, Air Jamaica and Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 6, 2021 8:32:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “Through Sandals Foundation we saw the epitome of a true philanthropist and humanitarian. His shadow will forever loom large across the Caribbean,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 6, 2021 8:32:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We are particularly proud that we are able to provide this scholarship assistance at a time of severe hardships for students and their families due to the devastating effects of the COVID pandemic. Our children need support now more than ever and we encourage all constituents to protect and provide for our young people in this time of crisis,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 2, 2020 3:10:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera added ( about Cornwall College ) : “Congratulations to all the scholarship awardees and their parents who have unwavering commitment to the development of these excellent young men. You have done an outstanding job and we implore you to keep up the great work. We look forward to continued great accomplishments as the students continue their journey through Cornwall College and beyond, and develop to become great citizens of our society and the wider world,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 2, 2020 3:10:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera noted : “I am doing this as a neutral observer … and knowing what is at stake,” “For one, this is not a normal election … and one that is being carried out under the novel coronavirus … the greatest pandemic known to man,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 30, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Cornwall College ) : “Our goal is to establish a scholarship programme to include many more talented students,” “We want to encourage other institutions and individuals to seek opportunities to fund scholarships at Cornwall College” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 29, 2020 10:35:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “At the end of the day, when they leave this institution, these students become a part of some of the best organisations in this country, and that is the result of the foundation that they get at this institution,” “We are particularly proud to provide the scholarship assistance at a time when there is so much hardship, so we implore those who are out there, who can, to give support now more than ever” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 29, 2020 10:35:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added ( about Cornwall College ) : “We have started a GoFundMe page where we are trying to raise US$30,000 (J$4.3 million), and already we have reached US$13,000, and every single cent that CCAA South Florida makes will go directly to Cornwall College,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 29, 2020 10:35:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “Looking at you, all I see is hope, and I see the future of Jamaica. I am encouraging all of you young people, that there is absolutely nothing that can stop you from being who you want to be in life. Once you have ambition, there is nobody that can take that from you,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, August 27, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “You need to tell yourselves that nothing can stop you in life, no matter who tells you that you cannot achieve. Coming from certain communities is not important; what is important is what you want to make of your lives,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, August 27, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera noted : “Tony Hart was a visionary, and Montego Bay was fortunate to have him as one of its own. We were very fortunate to have him — a philanthropist who has contributed to education in addition to development. A stalwart in tourism, big in farming because he believed that a country like Jamaica should be able to feed itself. So food security was critical to him,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 21, 2020 9:28:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “But now that he has died I think we should look into it,” “He was also the only Montegonian that I know who was inducted in the PSOJ Hall of Fame. That speaks volumes for Montego Bay,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 21, 2020 9:28:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Tony Hart ) : “Mr Hart’s death is a great loss to Montego Bay. He was one of the persons who helped to build Montego Bay into what it is today,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, August 20, 2020 10:58:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Tony Hart ) : “Mr Hart’s death is a great loss to Montego Bay, he was one of the persons who helped to build Montego Bay into what it is today,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, August 20, 2020 9:54:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “We know how critical education is to western Jamaica, and we know that we cannot afford to continue to have brain drain, for you to feel so disheartened that you decide to go elsewhere to study. So we want to keep you in this city so you can give back to our city, and that is why it is so critical for us as a Chamber of Commerce to ensure that, when things like this are happening, we are a part of it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, August 19, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “With the reform that is being touted for the Jamaica Constabulary Force, with the restructuring of the Inspectorate and ensuring that they have the kind of equipment to work with, we feel that those are some of the things that will help to reduce crime in Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, August 15, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “The building should also include the Family Court, which is currently in an area that people complain about,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 14, 2020 10:55:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “The plan to construct a western justice complex, aimed at improving the justice system in the parish of St James, needs to recommence. We have been hearing a lot of excuses as to why plans for the construction remain in limbo, and we are tired of it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 31, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “Even in the midst of a pandemic, crime is still the number one disruptor of lives in Jamaica, and the Government needs to stop dilly-dallying on matters that can give our people a fighting chance,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 31, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “We need to ensure that we get JamaicaEye coming into Montego Bay now. We have written to them and they promised to come, and it does not seem like it is going to happen anytime soon, so if we cannot get them to come, then it is suggested that we go to the commissioner of police and the minister of national security to see how we can get them to come to Montego Bay,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 27, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We have spoken with a number of our members who are willing to support them (the JamaicaEye system). We have sent them a letter asking them to come back and meet with you (the chamber); plus, we invited them to do a virtual meeting, but it has not happened,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 27, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “I am now able to present my own mandate through my own committees, and obviously I will be able to do a lot of things I wanted to do for years, as a Montegonian. The first order of business is that we are putting a group together that will go and meet with the StJMC, because they need to tell us where the redevelopment plan is that we have been hearing about for Montego Bay,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 27, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “This reduction in murders and serious crimes is an encouraging sign. As a chamber, it is quite pleasing because we all want to operate in safe surroundings,” “I am hoping that this will extend into the Chinese business community, who have been targeted by criminals in recent robberies. Our concern covers all groupings across all sectors” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 3, 2020 10:14:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “If it is to be leased to someone who has a track record like Joe Bogdanovich,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 21, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera argued : “People have Airbnb in communities or in complexes where you have families. Now, how are you going to manage the protocol in those complexes? That is what we have to worry about. If we're not ready to deal with that then no, I don't feel that Airbnb should reopen until another three months; until something can be done to ensure that all the people who live in those complexes are safe,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 19, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “One company alone was expecting to make about US$100 million this year; they have tapered that amount down to about US$50 million. Another company in the seafood industry told me they experienced a drop of 80 per cent; it is the creativity they are using that has helped them continue to be in business at this time,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 19, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera told : “Some people are going to use compassion maybe and not send home half of their staff. Still, because of COVID-19 and the fact that they have learned how to manage their businesses with not so many staffers within, some persons are already expressing concerns that they will have to let off some of their staff,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 19, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera argued : “They have had no work whatsoever, they have all been sitting down waiting for the industry to reopen because even if they didn't have tourism, they had nothing else because neither could there be any other event outside of the tourism industry... all the industries in relation to entertainment were closed, so they are suffering,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 19, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “I believe that is one of the main reasons they believe they should not have any competition from the outside at this time because they are concerned that the pie for now is too small to be sharing with foreign artistes,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 19, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “There could be names such as the National Commercial Bank’s Lee-Chin, Rainforest Seafoods’ Brian Jardim, and Reggae Sumfest’s Joe Bogdanovich, plus companies such as True Value, JMMB, and Cari-Med. The minister of finance would be urged to give full tax deductions to these donors, and there are also many Jamaicans who were born at the hospital or gave birth there, and would commit to supporting a telethon for its benefit,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 22, 2020 9:26:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “CRH is critical to healthcare in the west, so we have to become creative. I’m suggesting an. ‘adopt a floor’ project, which will depend heavily on buy-ins by private-sector companies or foundations, with each floor of the hospital being branded after a sponsor,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 22, 2020 9:26:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “Our reason for selecting Reverend Jackson is because of his long-standing and unbiased reputation from working in inner-city communities, and he is doing this voluntarily. What the chamber wanted was someone who would be able to identify community leaders who are unblemished, and who would ensure that the people in need are the ones who are reached,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 30, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Charles Gordon ) : “We are sitting on a time bomb at the Charles Gordon Market,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 25, 2020 9:07:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Catherine Hall ) : “The vendors are outside of the market conducting business, and because there are so many people there at the same time, it’s very difficult for the authorities to control the large crowds,” “We may have to have some satellite markets in the city, for instance at Jarrett Park, or the Catherine Hall Centre” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:48:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Charles Gordon ) : “It’s an Alorica waiting to happen; that’s how I feel about the Charles Gordon Market,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:48:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “This [equipment] is to help the hospital to beef up what it already has. We know that with ventilators, it is important that you have monitors. So instead of buying ventilators, we decided to purchase monitors, in addition to PPEs. What we have given here are 12,000 gloves, 100 N95 masks, overshoes, along with gowns. So overall the project is $3.5million and this is how we are going to continue to give back to our constituents,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, April 18, 2020 2:46:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We want to do a short video, about one minute long, where we use some popular faces to get people to be more aware because we find that Montegonians do not understand what it means to stay three feet apart, wear a mask, or wash their hands,” “Too many people are seen on the roadside daily sitting right next to each other without any protective gear” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 17, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We've partnered with New Fortress Energy through its foundation on several activities over the years that are geared at improving the lives of our nation's children, such as their back-to-school programme and we're very happy to be endorsing this initiative,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 3, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added ( about Richard James ) : “There's no doubt that students will need all the help they can get at this time to stay on track and we commend both NFEF and Richard James for helping in this way,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 3, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “Suspending the GCT and SCT for the next three months will reduce the energy bill, which would aid both businesses and the general public in this strenuous period,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 3, 2020 9:12:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We hope the Government of Jamaica will see the widespread benefit of responding positively to this call, and we ask that they do so without further delay,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 3, 2020 9:12:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “The MBCCI also commended the JPS for stepping up its response to the coronavirus pandemic by pledging a total of $45 million to support the fight against the outbreak and to assist our most vulnerable community, the disabled and elderly,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 3, 2020 9:12:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “The rapid spread of COVID-19 continues to significantly disrupt lives, communities and economic activities. It is crucial at this time that all players work together to minimise the impact on the public and limit disruptions to the Jamaican economy,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 1, 2020 11:44:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “Suspending the GCT and SCT for the next three months will reduce the energy bill, which would aid both the businesses and the general public in this strenuous period,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 1, 2020 11:44:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “The partial shutdown/curfew is a necessary inconvenience... we support measures to flatten the curve and remain hopeful. We are aware that it is a delicate balancing act, so moves in increments are very important. It will give businesses time to prepare should there be an islandwide lockdown,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 1, 2020 10:27:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We believe it [curfew] will assist in preventing further spread of the virus by confining persons to their homes, albeit for a limited time. We feel the effective time could have been earlier, perhaps from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 1, 2020 10:27:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera suggested : “no one measure will fix it all” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 1, 2020 10:27:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera suggested : “while the curfew will only assist, the Government will need to roll out the security forces to enforce other measures put in place to address day-time issues” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 1, 2020 10:27:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera argued : “A complete lockdown without a plan to ensure persons have food supplies to maintain themselves is a disaster by itself. So the sooner we have a plan in place, the sooner we can support a lockdown,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 1, 2020 10:27:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We’ve partnered with New Fortress Energy through its Foundation on several activities over the years that are geared at improving the lives of our nation’s children, such as their back-to-school programme and we’re very happy to be endorsing this initiative,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 28, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added ( about Richard James ) : “There’s no doubt that students will need all the help they can get at this time to stay on track and we commend both NFEF and Richard James for helping in this way,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 28, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “This is a very good move and it is most welcomed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 27, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “If persons are so cruel and brazen enough where they set about increasing the prices of goods, services, or commodities to a level much higher than is considered reasonable or fair … . That is being exploitative,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 13, 2020 8:39:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We have to be wary of the unfortunate practice of price-gouging,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 13, 2020 8:39:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera told : “He has agreed to meet with us this Friday morning because we want to give our members as much information that they can give to their staff. Those things are very important to us,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 12, 2020 8:23:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “Jamaica is already fighting with the fallout as it relates to the coronavirus, so the death of a tourist is just more bad news,” “One would want to believe a visitor to the island would be safe … . In fact, 99 per cent of our visitors usually enjoy incident-free vacations” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 5, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “Montego Bay is a strong market with a high demand for affordable homes. However, the cost of acquiring those that are available is a challenge, particularly for our low-income earners and young professionals, who are constantly raising concerns about the severe shortage of affordable homes,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, February 24, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “The acceleration of violence has been taxing on the parish — the heart of the country's tourism industry. The MBCCI is pleased to see the implementation of firm and resolute measures which have sought to combat the complex and vexing problem of crime, including the public state of emergency as well as proactive policing methods. The decline in violence paves the way for an urban revival, which will in turn help to stabilise communities and make the parish safer to live, do business and expand tourism,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 19, 2020 10:40:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “We should not be afraid to get involved and to hold ourselves accountable. The goal is not just to stop the killings, it is to break the cycle of violence and displace criminal activities rooted in poverty and deprivation. The security forces by themselves cannot achieve this; it takes a united effort from a wide range of State and non-State actors. We have no doubt, working together, we will make Montego Bay a perpetual safer city,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 19, 2020 10:40:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We will continue to say that we need options; we also need to put in all the things we have been promised over the years, which is the JamaicaEye. We need that to happen; we need those cameras to be fixed. We need to put in place a number of measures [to curb crime in the city],” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 17, 2020 10:03:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “I am not aware of anything happening, but we are going to ensure that this year we have more conversations with the minister of national security, who is a Member of Parliament right here in western Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 17, 2020 10:03:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “We must have a voice; we have been living under states of emergency for two years so if there is going to be, for instance, a crime summit, we would want to have our voices heard. So, we want the authorities to come to Montego Bay and to meet with us – the business community and residents of Montego Bay. Let us know what your plans are and get ideas from us as well. We must know what we have been living under, and we must know how we can help you best,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 17, 2020 10:03:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We would like the prime minister and the opposition leader to come and meet with us,” “We have been under a SOE for two years. Not that we will not support an extension of the SOE, but we would like to have an voice in all the decisions that are being taken” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 17, 2020 8:47:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added ( about Bay Chamber ) : “We have crime in Montego Bay just like anywhere else, and we would love to know if there’s going to be a meeting of the minds, that we would be able to contribute as western Jamaicans in a meaningful way. We have our thoughts as to how this needs to be done, so there’s no reason why we should not be included in those talks,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 17, 2020 8:47:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “I went to a recent meeting of the chambers of commerce and the government, and I requested of the prime minister and the opposition leader to meet with us here in Montego Bay. (At the time) we were having so many more problems with crime than Kingston. I followed up with letters, and the opposition responded that they would come, but the prime minister’s office has not acknowledged receipt of that letter,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 17, 2020 8:47:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “We have met with the Ministry of Health and the mayor’s office with the hope of starting a public-education campaign, because food vendors, especially on the Hip Strip, continue to dispose of their waste without due consideration and the old Hospital Park is now infested with rats, and downtown Montego Bay is also infested with rats,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 5, 2020 9:21:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Pier One ) : “Pier One has been celebrating on New Year’s Eve in this manner for a number of years, where residents get to watch the spectacle from the waterfront,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 31, 2019 9:44:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Pier One ) : “The TEF allocated the money towards fireworks for the city and we knew that was not enough to put on the exhibition that fireworks are known for, so we offered to partner with Pier One, because they have been doing it out of pocket annually,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 31, 2019 9:44:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Pier One ) : “This is something that we want to continue and so we were very excited when the opportunity came up to partner with Pier One,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 31, 2019 9:44:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “It didn't happen by accident. It happened because at every juncture in our history, not just once, not just twice, but over and over again, we came together to recreate ourselves; we came together, as one, and did what was necessary to win the future,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:36:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “The upward trajectory in employment in this region, can be attributed to this man. He inspired the Barnett Tech Park, a 48-acre technology park, home to flagship operations of VistaPrint, Conduent, ACCT to which thousands of young people from across western Jamaica have been gainfully employed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 28, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added ( about Bay South ) : “The truth is that he has made a remarkable impact on the development of Montego Bay and has led by example in all that he has done for the city,” “He has been the engine behind the development of Montego Bay South in a responsible and strategic manner and in keeping with the master plan for the 1500-acre area. In so doing, he has ensured the orderly and planned expansion of Montego Bay City, which now boasts some of the finest commercial centres, chief among them the much acclaimed Fairview” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 28, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “His love for country and commitment to the tourism sector are compelling reasons why he has been named the RJRGLEANER Hospitality Jamaica Personality of the Year,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 15, 2019 9:42:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “A tireless worker with a passion for the industry and for the persons who work within the industry, it is hard to envision a more deserving recipient,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 8, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera told : “Earners of Jamaican dollars are being severely squeezed with a volatile and devaluing Jamaican dollar, especially when you have to buy in the US for stock, as well as continually having to worry about maintaining margins and price to guarantee profit and be able to purchase US (dollars) for restocking,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 6, 2019 9:58:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “A more moderate exchange rate system is best for all our businesses’ predictability and will only be balanced by the BOJ’s decision to intervene with the use of the reserve and/or the use of other macro-monetary measures,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 6, 2019 9:58:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera explained : “Over 80,000 votes were polled this year, an increase of 100 per cent over 2017,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 6, 2019 9:58:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “The Entertainment – Best Event category will showcase events like Reggae Sumfest, Rebel Salute, Dream Weekend, and Buju Banton’s Long Walk To Freedom, which all attracted significant numbers of visitors to the island and positively impacted our tourism product,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 6, 2019 9:58:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added ( about Bay Chamber ) : “We are heartened by the response received this year and see tremendous growth potential for the event, which is again being sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board, Ascend Innovation, Tai Flora, Caribbean Producers Jamaica, Rainforest Seafoods, Best Dressed Foods, the Montego Bay Convention Centre and Tropical Tours,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 6, 2019 9:58:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “And let me tell you something, - until you get people to live in a humane and civilized environment, you are not going to be able to fight crime effectively, because crime thrives in chaos, and illegal tenancy adds to that chaos. Therefore, we cannot leave out the informal communities that continue to wreak havoc on our parish,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 28, 2019 9:01:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “But we know that this will not be enough because we have approximately 20,000 houses in the squatter settlements alone. So we are imploring investors and housing developers to look into this [as] not only a successful business opportunity but also as a way to affect our city's social infrastructure,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 25, 2019 8:41:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “They included the following initiatives: Echo Squad, 1976; Ranger Squad, 1980; Eradication Squad, 1981; Operation Intrepid, 1999; and the list goes on, and on,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 28, 2019 9:51:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera stated : “This pandemic known as crime must be eradicated, and what we know is that Government cannot do this alone. It will require an all-hands-on-deck commitment, which includes the private sector; the various organisations such as the PMI, CSJP; the mnisters fraternal; Government and Opposition,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 28, 2019 9:51:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “It is critical for us to recognise and celebrate the individuals, organisations, and entities that make Jamaica the destination that it is – the diversity that we offer, that is not known everywhere else, and the uniqueness that is Jamaica,” “That is what we are seeking to recognise with these awards” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 19, 2019 9:37:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “Four brand-new categories have been added to this year’s list of awards, increasing the total to 17. Three companies or individuals will be shortlisted for each category,” “We have decided on this format because all of these come together to form a large part of what makes the hospitality industry what it is” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 19, 2019 9:37:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We are not of the opinion that the security forces are not trying to reduce crime in St James, but the possibility exists that there is a need for more meaningful consultations and more synchronisation of the army and the police [in their operations],” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 4, 2019 9:19:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “As a former president of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association and also the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, he was amongst the first to understand the meaning of the term Brand Jamaica and the importance of positioning our little island on the world stage and where Jamaican manufacturers and producers could look beyond our shores and successfully compete in a global forum,” “Such was the nature of the man – a true visionary, who was clearly ahead of his time” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 2, 2019 10:01:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “You’re here because you worked hard throughout the year and we are celebrating you today – and so we encourage you to work even harder and stay focused so you can reap many, many more benefits,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 2, 2019 8:49:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added ( about Bay Chamber ) : “When New Fortress Energy approached us to collaborate with them on this initiative, it was very easy for us to say yes. At MBCCI, we understand that education is the key to lifting people, communities and nations out of poverty, and we are committed to continue investing in our children to help them realise their true potential. On behalf of our entire executive team, we commend New Fortress Energy for this very important initiative that they have undertaken in Montego Bay for the second consecutive year, and we look forward to collaborating with them again next year and years to come,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 2, 2019 8:49:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “When New Fortress Energy approached us to collaborate with them on this initiative, it was very easy for us to say yes. At MBCCI we understand that education is the key to lifting people, communities and nations out of poverty, and we are committed to continue investing in our children to help them realise their true potential. On behalf of our entire executive team, we commend New Fortress Energy for this very important initiative that they have undertaken in Montego Bay for the second-consecutive year, and we look forward to collaborating with them again next year and years to come,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, August 31, 2019 11:01:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “Informal settlements remain a major challenge, as well as improper disposal of waste. The coastal roads are in good condition; several sidewalks have been improved, which the chamber is very happy for, and we hope this continues throughout the city,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 30, 2019 8:51:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera asked ( about Bay Chamber ) : “Even though we hosted the world’s biggest [reggae] festival, the name Montego Bay was not mentioned. You hear Reggae Sumfest, you hear this, you hear that, but the name Montego Bay was not mentioned, and we cannot afford that. Can we?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 30, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “Last [Tuesday] night, I was watching the newscast on the television about Reggae Sumfest, and except for one negative news item, all was positive – businesses boomed, food vendors were doing exceptionally well – yet, if Montego Bay was mentioned at all, I didn’t hear it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 30, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera stated : “We need to stake our claim on our city because it is ours. We are not to allow anyone to define who we are. Instead of having the outside world define us as the murder capital, the SOE (state of emergency) state, we need to define ourselves,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 30, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We can’t tell you that we would love to see another five years of SOE, but we are OK with the extension. We had a meeting with a number of stakeholders last week and at that meeting, we agreed that we would support an extension of up to three months,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 27, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : "The Chambers of Commerce, the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters' Association, Jamaica Chamber Of Commerce ... [and] wider community ... all of us need to come together and find solutions to crime," External link

jamaica-star Friday, July 26, 2019 5:02:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “I don’t know if it is necessarily true that Sumfest has outgrown the venue. We have to take into consideration the Buju factor in terms of having a larger-than-normal turnout,” “I don’t think the layout, which included an extended VVIP area, helped, as it limited the ability to move around the venue. Also, there were far too many chairs, which took up a lot of space” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 23, 2019 8:51:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “Just about everybody ... benefits from Sumfest. This year, the restaurants did exceptionally well; they never had enough hands to feed the people. The street vendors are saying they have never had it as good as this year,” “We had so many people being employed in different areas. In security alone, over 100 persons were employed and then you had a large number of persons who were employed to build out the infrastructure at the venue” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 23, 2019 8:51:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “I am extremely concerned because we don’t wish to go back to where we are coming from,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 3, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We cannot have SOEs and ZOSOs forever,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 3, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera told ( about Bay Chamber ) : “One of the first orders of the day is to put together a think tank with some of the brightest minds in Montego Bay. That will include members of the business community, but all echelons of the society,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, July 1, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera disclosed ( about Adam Stewart ) : “That think tank is already being supported by Adam Stewart, who is going to help me to organise it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, July 1, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “Crime is one of our major challenges and we can't afford to allow it to keep us back as a city,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, July 1, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera told : “Succession planning was pivotal during Winston Lawson’s tenure, and I am humbled by the reception of the business community to the announcement of my appointment, and I am anxious to hit the ground just so I can find out how better we can serve them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 27, 2019 5:05:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera added : “The legacy he has left will be carried through with ease owing to the fact we all embraced his strategies,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 27, 2019 5:05:00 PM EAT

Janet Silvera said : “We are pleased to join all the other organisations as we solidify our partnership with Montego Bay City Run to the tune of $2 million,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 4, 2019 9:56:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera added : "It is for this reason that Hospitality Jamaica is proud to present the first award of this kind to the undisputed leader and innovator in an industry that has become the lifeblood and pinnacle of all industries in the Caribbean," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 12, 2017 8:45:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera explained : "Engaging in continuous upgrading of their facilities and training of staff is among one of the most important criteria," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, September 11, 2016 9:06:00 AM EAT

Janet Silvera said : "This person must have served the industry for more than 15 years; must have made significant contribution to tourism, community development, while playing the role of a change agent," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, September 11, 2016 9:06:00 AM EAT



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