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G2K concerned about oversight of Kingston Container Terminal privatisation

Published:Friday | February 28, 2014 | 11:29 AM

Sheldon Williams, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Generation 2000 (G2K), the young professional affiliate of the Jamaica Labour Party is expressing concern over what it describes as the lack of oversight from the country’s chief oversight body, the Office of the Contractor General (OCG), over the privatisation of the Kingston Container Terminal.




The organisation’s concern follows a statement made by the Minister of Transport and Works to Parliament on Tuesday which indicated that the process of divestment of the KCT is far advanced with expected completion due by September 2014.



The organisation noted that the Minister and the Cabinet has in the past refused to answer the lawful requisitions of the OCG and that the Minister has attempted to establish his own oversight panel to replace the OCG, a move which was quickly rubbished in the courts.



G2K is calling on the Minister of Transport to indicate to the country whether the Contractor General is providing oversight of the privatisation process and what mechanisms have been put in place to ensure transparency and accountability.



Principals of a major Singaporean company met with government officials on Wednesday as they discussed the proposed privatization of the terminal.



The senior officials from Port of Singapore Terminal Link Consortium held talks with the management of the KCT and Transport and Works Minister Dr Omar Davies and Port Authority executives.



The executives of the Singaporean company also carried out a site visit at the terminal.



The Port of Singapore Terminal Link Consortium is one of three large global terminal operators which have been pre-qualified to bid for the Kingston Container Terminal.



Davies says the Port of Singapore team will return on March 10 to begin a detailed technical assessment of the KCT facilities.



He says similar visits are arranged for the other bidders.



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