Tue | Jan 21, 2020

Williams flays Davis over power distribution monopoly comment

Published:Wednesday | August 15, 2012 | 4:31 PM

The head of the department of Management Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Dr Densil Williams has described as “flawed” the position of government adviser, Dr Carlton Davis on power distribution monopoly.

Dr Davis, the head of the liquefied natural gas steering committee, yesterday told a Gleaner Editors’ Forum that his personal view is that a properly regulated monopoly is the best option for Jamaica.

But Williams says the market should determine the number of players, and not the regulator.

He also says up until today, he was led to believe that the Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell was speaking on behalf of the government when he said he wanted to break up the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) monopoly.

According to Williams, it appeared that Paulwell’s position was in keeping with promises made by the People’s National Party in its manifesto.

However, Davis yesterday said the Government has not yet taken a position on the monopoly issue.

The Supreme Court recently ruled that the JPS monopoly is invalid.