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G2K outraged over Paulwell's proposal

Published:Thursday | May 1, 2014 | 9:05 AM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Jamaica Labour Party affiliate, Generation 2000 (G2K) is outraged by the indication of the Energy Minister, Phillip Paulwell, that he would be seeking to get the Contractor General to reconsider his position on the 381 megaWatt project.

In a report to Parliament last year, the Contractor General said the bidding and selection of Energy World International (EWI) as the preferred bidder was unfair, irregular, lacked transparency and was a clear breach of the law.

The G2K president, Floyd Green, says any attempt to have the OCG change its position would amount to undue influence on an independent commission of parliament.

Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, the energy minister said the OCG does not have a grasp of all the issues.

Paulwell expressed concern that it's this misunderstanding which led the Inter-American Development Bank to decline loan considerations to EWI.

G2K is also taking issue with the move by the energy minister to change the government’s procurement rule.

Paulwell is to take to the Cabinet next week, a submission for a defined role for the minister in the procurement process.

However, Green believes that this is a bad move as it will undermine the authority of independent oversight bodies.

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