Gov't negotiating with provisional preferred bidder for Kingston Container Terminal
Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter
The Government says it is now negotiating with a provisional preferred bidder in relation to the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT).
Works Minister Dr Omar Davies told the parliament this afternoon that the negotiations began today and are being led by a four-member team.
The team comprises former central bank governor Derrick Latibeaudere, Professor Gordon Shirley, KCT Chairman Peter Melhedo, and Audrey Sewell, the permanent secretary in the works ministry.
Davis said the government decided to directly engage with the provisional bidder, Terminal Link Consortium, as there are issues of concerns in the company’s proposal that need to be ironed out.
He noted out that only one of the three pre-qualified companies selected submitted a bid.
According to him, they decided to withdraw from the process out of concerns about plans by China Harbour to develop Goat Island into a transhipment hub and that that project may compete with KCT.
Davies said he has given the negotiation team one month to determine if an agreement can be reached with the consortium.
However, opposition Member of Parliament Karl Samuda questioned the government’s decision to select a provisional preferred bidder to take over KCT.
Samuda argued that the move signals a government that is out of options and is desperate to offload the terminal.
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