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Gasolene Retailers and Energy Minister take on emergency talks as tensions rise

Published:Friday | January 23, 2015 | 2:30 PM

Richard Mitchell, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Members of the executive of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA) have been summoned to an emergency meeting with Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Phillip Paulwell.

The meeting was scheduled to start at 2 p.m. today.

The meeting is in response to the JGRA's call for the Minister to withdraw his statement made on January 14 that the public should look out for prices less than $100 per litre at gasolene retail stations.

In a statement to The Gleaner, the JGRA claimed that the Minister's "statement has created hardship for the petroleum retail network and should have been withdrawn."

The JGRA said "tensions have mounted as the situation worsens, so in an effort to avert crisis both parties have agreed to meet to discuss this and other issues."

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