Kingston is the capital city of Jamaica and also the main hub for commerce and transportation on the island. All the nation’s leading banking institutions are either based in downtown Kingston or New Kingston. However the transportation sector also plays a major economic role within Kingston. Newport West along the western shore of Kingston Harbour, one of the region’s highest capacity container terminals, and the Norman Manley International Airport highlight extent of importance the Government of Jamaica has placed on transportation infrastructure within Kingston.
The improvements made to Kingston’s port and airport facilities however must be complemented by the upgrading and enhancement of land based transport infrastructure. While the restoration of the rail network is being contemplated the road infrastructure most be maintained at first world standards for Jamaica to fully benefit from its air and sea transport facilities.