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Paulwell meets with RUBiS, JGRA today

Published:Tuesday | December 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell will meet with the management of RUBiS Energy Jamaica at 10 o'clock this morning in a bid to resolve the longstanding impasse with the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA).

This will be followed by a meeting of the JGRA executive and Paulwell, also at his office at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) in New Kingston.

While declaring that he did not intend to "prejudge" today's meeting, the minister said he planned to use some of the recommendations coming out of a study on the relationship between dealers and their marketing companies, which he commissioned, prior to the 2007 general election.

Following the People's National Party's loss at the polls, the recommendations were not implemented.

However, the minister told The Gleaner last night that he had recently examined the documents and found that many of the findings and recommendations were still relevant and applicable to today's business environment in the petroleum retail trade.

JGRA President Leonard Green agrees.

In fact, he expressed disappointment that the findings were not used to establish a code of conduct for the trade and wants Government to incorporate these into a licensing regime for the granting of licences for petroleum marketing companies looking to do business in Jamaica.

christopher.serju@gleanerjm.com