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JET demands publication of Goat Islands' agreement with Chinese investors

Published:Monday | May 19, 2014 | 12:45 PM

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is demanding to know why an agreement with Chinese investors in relation to the Goat Islands has not been published.

The islands are environmentally protected but China Harbour Engineering Company has indicated they are the preferred sites for the construction of a port and industrial park.

Last week, Transport and Works Minister Dr Omar Davies announced that the Government and the Chinese signed a non-binding Framework Agreement on March 21 regarding how the project will proceed.

Jet has now written a letter to Davies regarding that agreement.

JET’s chief executive officer, Diana McCaulay, is questioning why the public has not been informed of the terms.

JET has been vociferous in demanding that the Government follow due process to ensure that the project will not damage the flora and fauna of the protected sites.

McCaulay says the organisation’s attempts to get information under the Access to Information Act have been blocked.

She says any misinformation or false claims in the public domain about the project are the result of the lack of transparency surrounding the proposed development.


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