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Outdated national transport policy to be revised

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:33 AM
Hassim Fulton (right), senior international transport policy officer in the Ministry of Transport and Mining, is the centre of attention for (from left) Rohan Campbell, of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority; Gillian Richards, director, research, planning and risk assessment; and Nari Williams-Singh, director general. They were attending a consultation seminar on transport policy at The Knutsford Court Hotel in St Andrew on Thursday.

Consultation with key stakeholders in the transport industry is now being undertaken to guide the revision of the national transport policy.

That policy guides the industry for development and focuses on aspects of transport and the interconnectivity of all modes of transportation towards the country’s economic development, according to Hassim Fulton, senior international transport policy officer in the Ministry of Transport and Mining.

He said that the current policy, which was published in 2007, is in need of urgent revision given the changes in the industry.

“There have been a lot of shifts in our infrastructure development, in the way we connect transport, the way we envision the role of transport in economic development. It’s a twofold shift in the sector, but primarily, the Government and the sector restrategising and refocusing in moving forward,” Fulton said.

He was speaking at a consultation session with stakeholders in the air transport sector yesterday at The Knutsford Court Hotel in St Andrew.

Among the critical issues affecting the air transport sector are training, and environmental sustainability and financing.

“What is the model for investing that we hope to have in place or that we need and desire? What is the intention behind? Do we go with a broader investment framework than PPP (private-public partnerships)? Should Government put more into our capital development? Should private sector play a greater role?” the senior official said.

He emphasised that private-sector participation was key to all factors of the policy.

Already, consultation has been done with stakeholders in the maritime industry, and others are planned for those in land transport and for the general public.

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