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No final decision made on logistics hub site, says Davies

Published:Wednesday | August 28, 2013 | 7:57 AM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

Transport and Works Minister Dr Omar Davies says no final decision has been made about the construction of a transshipment and logistics hub by Chinese investors at Goat Islands.

Davies emphasises that the investors have only indicated that the location is their preferred site.

Last week Land and Environment Minister Robert Pickersgill said the government was giving serious consideration to the location for the construction of the multimillion-dollar project.

Davies admits that preliminary environmental assessment is being carried out in the area but he stresses that nothing is final at this stage.

He says the government has taken note of concerns and insists that all environmental issue will be considered before a final decision.

Environmentalists have accused the government of scarifying an important ecology site noting the construction of the transshipment and logistics hub would irrevocably displace marine life and the livelihood of fisherfolk.

They also say it would be illegal to disturb the Goat Islands and surrendering areas as they are protected under law.

Environment watchdog Jamaica Environment Trust has said that it is prepared to be going to court to seek an order to force the government to hold the Portland Bight Protected Area, which encompasses the Goat Islands, in public trust for the people of Jamaica.

It appears Transport and Works Minister Omar Davies is now leading the charge in relation to the logistic hub project.

Previously, Investment and Commerce Minister Anthony Hylton was the go to person for information on the project, but all queries have now been directed to Davies.

There has been no explanation from the government about the shift in responsibility.


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