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Gov't restarts bidding for NMIA divestment

Published:Monday | February 20, 2017 | 9:03 AM

The Government has launched an invitation for prequalification as it makes another attempt to divest the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA).

An advertisement in yesterday’s Sunday Gleaner said the deadline for submission of applications is noon on April 3.

The government has been trying to divest the airport for several years but there have been no takers.

The previous tender process, launched in December 2014 by the People’s National Party government, was terminated in 2015 after the tender period ended with no bids from the five shortlisted entities.
That process cost tax payers US$1 million.

However, last year the current Jamaica Labour Party Government announced that it would once again seek to enter into a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in relation to running of the airport.
The invitation for prequalification forms the first phase of the international competitive bidding process for the project.