POST CABINET REPORT DRAFT For October 9, 2019

POST CABINET REPORT DRAFT For October 9, 2019


  1. Utilization of $100m from the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP) Fund as Grant Funding to Support Land Titling.

Cabinet has given approval for the use of J$100m from the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP) Fund as grant funding to support land titling for approximately 2,000 beneficiaries under the voluntary system of land registration.

Partial funding of $20,000 will be offered as a full grant to landowners and up to a maximum of $50,000 will be given as a conditional grant, which will be repayable only if the land is sold within 5 years of receipt of the grant. A caveat will be lodged against the Certificate of Title to protect this interest.

The use of the $100m from the LAMP Fund will not deplete the resources of the Fund. The Fund will also be replenished from fees and charges from the beneficiaries of the grant which will revolve into the Fund.

  1. Official Travel by the Prime Minister to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Private Investment for Climate Conference, Incheon, Republic of Korea, October 4 to 11.

Prime Minister, Andrew Holness is in Incheon in the Republic of Korea for the Green Climate Fund’s Private Investment for Climate Conference. The conference began on Monday, October 7 and concludes today.

The Prime Minister delivered a keynote address to the conference and participated in a panel discussion. He will also hold bilateral talks with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, His Excellency Lee Nak-Yon with a view to discussing opportunities that will bolster bilateral cooperation between the two countries and forge closer trade and investment ties.

Prime Minister Holness will return to the island on Friday, October 11.

 

  1. Jamaica to Cohost Regional Cyber Security and Cybercrime Workshop

Cabinet has given approval for Jamaica to cohost a three-day Regional Cyber Security and Cybercrime Workshop in collaboration with the Embassy of the United States of America. The workshop, which will include cyber security experts from the Latin America and the Caribbean, aims to facilitate meaningful information exchange on cyber security matters.

Approximately 80 persons will attend the workshop, including 60 regional delegates and presenters from 16 countries across the Caribbean and Latin America. There will also be 20 delegates and subject matter experts on local and regional cyber security/ cybercrime issues.

 

  1. The Renaming of the Point Hill Health Centre as the Dr. Kenneth Baugh Health Centre

Cabinet has given approval for the Point Hill Health Centre, located in the constituency of West Central St. Catherine, to be renamed the Dr. Kenneth Baugh. The operations at the Type 3 health centre were temporarily relocated to the nearby Point Hill Community Centre to facilitate the construction of a new health centre funded by the National Health Fund at a cost of J$29m.

Dr. Baugh made significant contributions to the Jamaican health sector as a surgeon at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, as Minister of Health from 1980 to 1989 and as Opposition Spokesman on Health. He led significant reforms in the health sector, including the eradication of Polio and the expansion of the Programme on Immunization.

 

  1. Appointments to the Council of the University of Technology, Jamaica

Cabinet has given approval for the appointment of the following persons to the Council of the University of Technology, Jamaica with effect from September 9, 2019 to September 8, 2022. The previous board expired on August 31, 2019.

 

Ex Officio Members 

Mr. Richard Powell                                     Pro-     Chancellor

Prof. Stephen Vaciannie

Hon. Shirley Tyndall, OJ, CD

Prof. Colin Gyles Vice President

Mr. Ronald Sutherland President

Mr. Khalil Hutchinson Students’

Nominated

Mr. Aldrick McNab

Ms. Adonia Chin

Mr. David Douglas

Mr. Micheal McAnnuff-Jones

Mr. Noel Whyte

Mr. Philmore McCarthy

Mrs. Corrine Richards

Mrs. Joan Lawla

Mrs. Dennise Haldane

Mrs. Bridget Johnson- Smith

Elected Members

Prof. Nilza Aples

Dr. Sean Thorpe

Co-opted Members

Mr. Linval Freeman

Mrs. Eleanor Jones

Dr. Rickert Allen

 

 

  1. Appointments to the National Housing Trust Board

Cabinet has given approval for the appointment of the following persons to the National Housing Trust’s Board of Directors with effect from September 9, 2019 until September 8, 2022.

 

Mr. Lennox Channer                                    Chairman

Senator Kavan Gayle

Senator Kerensia Morrison

Mr. Doran Dixon

Mr. Granville Valentine

Sergeant Patrae Rowe

Mr. O’Neil Grant

Mrs. Nesta Clare Smith Hunter

Mr. Jeffery Hall

Mr. Colin Barnett

Mr. David Wan

Mr. Ryan Parkes

 

  1. Appointments to the ODPEM Board

Cabinet has given approval for the appointment of the following persons to the Board of Management of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) for a period of three years with effect from September 30, 2019 until September 29, 2022:

 

Ms. Joy Douglas                                                                                 Chairperson

Dr. St. Aubyn Bartlett                                                            Deputy Chairman

Assistant Commissioner Calvin Allen

Lieutenant Colonel Maurice Mathews

Assistant Commissioner Sean Martin

Councillor Pauline Reynolds

Mr. Fabian Brown

Mrs. Dorothy Carter- Bradford

Mr. Alston Douglas

Mr. Patrick Gordon

Mr. Richard Burrow

Major Gregory Webster

Mr. Richard Thompson

 

  1. Award of Contract for the supply of Haematology Reagents and Analysers

Cabinet has given approval for the award of a contract to Lasco Distributors for the provision of haematology reagents and analysers within the Western Regional Health Authority for a period of three years. The contract is valued US$760,330.89

   

  1. Award of Contract for the Procurement of Works for the Construction of the Yallahs Fire Station, St. Thomas

Cabinet has given approval for a contract in the amount of $109,493,894.96 to Alcar Construction and Haulage Company Limited for the construction of the Yallahs Fire Station in St. Thomas.

The works will include the construction of two (2) single- storey structures using reinforced concrete and beam construction to house firefighting equipment, engine bays, dormitories as well as administrative and training facilities. The building will be constructed to withstand several natural disasters, particularly storm water surges.

 

  1. Award of Contract for the Purchase of Three 50- Seater Passenger Buses for the Government Employees Transportation Service (GETS) Fleet

Cabinet has given approval for the award of a Contract in the amount of US$753,695.41 to Magna Motors Dealership Limited, for the supply and delivery of three 50-Seater passenger buses for the Government Employees Transportation Service (GETS) fleet. As the authorized dealer for the Hyundai brand in the Caribbean region, Magna Motors will be able to readily supply parts and trained personnel for servicing the buses.

 

Contact:

Hon. Karl Samuda C.D, MP

Minister without Portfolio

Ministry of Education, Youth and Information