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AUDIO: 'Poppy show' affair says business leaders on EWI licence process

Published:Friday | May 2, 2014 | 12:53 PM

Jamaica’s most powerful business leaders have told the Government to scrap the current process to construct a major power plant in Jamaica and rescind a licence issued to contractors, Energy World International.

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce told journalists this morning that they met with the Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller yesterday and informed her of their position.

Referring to the current process as a 'poppy show', PSOJ president, Christopher Zacca, says the project should be removed from Energy Ministry headed by embattled Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell.

He also says the private sector groups have withdrawn their members from the Energy Monitoring Committee because it has been compromised by among other things, the inadequate supply of information.

Zacca says Paulwell’s changes to the original licence recommended by the Office of Utilities Regulation is a fatal blow to the credibility of the process.

Zacca says the Prime Minister gave no commitment on the recommendations proposed by the private sector groups.

However, president of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association, Brian Pengelley says if their recommendations are not heeded they will not sit and watch the process continue along the current lines.

Meanwhile, while steering clear from the calls that Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell should resign, the private sector groups say somebody should be held accountable for the foul up in the process surrounding the 360 megaWatt project.

JMA president, Brian Pengelley says they private sector leaders are currently examining all documents to determine if any legal action can be brought against the changes made to the license issued to EWI by Minister Paulwell.


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