The former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Tech-nology, Energy and Commerce (MITEC) yesterday gave evidence that a project document she requested for the Cuban light bulb programme was submitted in draft form but never confirmed.
Dr Jean Dixon, who was also the chief accounting officer at MITEC, said the document was never confirmed because the implementing agency, Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), had "strong reservations" about finalising the project.
The testimony came as the veteran public servant continued giving evidence in the corruption trial involving former Junior Minister Kern Spencer about how the light bulb programme was being implemented.
Dixon said she requested that the document be prepared after a 2007 meeting at the energy ministry, where PCJ representatives raised concerns about the way the programme was being implemented.
She noted that the standard procedure for such projects includes the creation of an implementation unit and a monitoring committee that would ensure there is compliance with the Government's procurement procedures.
However, she told the court she neither established a project implementation unit nor a monitoring committee for the programme.
Dixon testified that following a meeting in January 2007, she requested the preparation of the project document and said this was her way of asserting her administrative authority.
"Did you ever see that document?" asked Director of Public Prose-cutions Paula Llewellyn, who led Dixon through her evidence.
"I saw a document late in the day," Dixon responded.
"Was it confirmed?" Llewellyn continued.
"It was never confirmed," the permanent secretary replied.
During cross-examination by defence attorney K.D. Knight, Dixon acknowledged that the project document was requested for the PCJ.
She said her interest was to "regularise" the project because "by then it had taken a different turn".
The light bulb programme, which began in 2006, involved the distribution of four million free fluorescent bulbs islandwide. The bulbs were donated by the Cuban government.
Spencer and his former personal assistant, Colleen Wright, are on trial for improperly benefiting from the implementation of the programme.
Dr Ruth Potopsingh, the former managing director of PCJ, is scheduled to take the witness stand when the trial resumes today.