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Partnership for Transformation to meet with civil society members

Published:Monday | December 8, 2014 | 4:14 PM

The governance committee of the Partnership for Transformation is to meet with most of the civil society members on Thursday.

This as efforts intensify to prevent the disintegration of the partnership following the retention of the National Housing Trust (NHT) board.

The NHT's board, chaired by Easton Douglas, has been at the centre of a scandal since news emerged in October that it authorised the 2012 purchase of Outameni in Trelawny for $180 million.

Various civil, private sector and environmental groups, which are part of the partnership, argue that the purchase breached the commitments of the partnership.

They also allege that the purchase is outside of the NHT’s mandate and raises numerous questions about the Trust's governance and accountability.

Last week, news emerged that a meeting with the Prime Minister had to be pushed back as the governance committee of the partnership sought to arrive at a consensus among the members.

That committee met with the Prime Minister and is expected to update members at Thursday’s meeting scheduled for the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica's headquarters on Hope Road.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has dismissed calls to sack the board and accepted the explanation that the purchase was legal and within the NHT’s mandate.

In 2013, the Prime Minister signed the partnership agreement, committing to social dialogue around issues critical to the development of the nation.


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