Please see below activities of Cabinet since the last briefing:
Decisions from Cabinet:
1: Cabinet received and approved the following Annual Reports/Financial Statements for tabling in Parliament:
- Jamaica Deposit Insurance Corporation (JDIC) 31 March 2017
- National Water Commission (NWC) 2015/16
- The Toll Authority 2016/17
- Maritime Authority of Jamaica 2016/17
- Trade Board Ltd 2014/15 & 2015/16
- Office of Utilities Regulation 2017/18
2: National Announcements
- South Coast Highway Improvement Project
In recalling decisions of December 2015 and August 2016, Cabinet took note of the division of the project to provide local components in Part B: Yallahs to Port Antonio and Morant Bay to Cedar Valley. Cabinet therefore approved the implementation schedule and governance framework for the south coast highway Improvement Project (SCHIP) Part B local components in the estimated amount of eighty-five million, four hundred and forty-nine thousand, and four hundred and nineteen US dollars (US$ 85, 449,419.00) to be contracted out by China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC) through local sub-contractors.
- Joint Venture Agreement on Morant Bay Urban Centre in St Thomas
In keeping with the decision of July 2014, which designated the development of a shovel-ready project, and advised that the properties earmarked for the project comprised lands that previously housed the Goodyear Jamaica Limited Factory, Cabinet accepted the outline of the joint venture agreement between the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ), and China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC) to construct a new urban centre. This new centre will be constructed on 28 acres and 365 square feet of land during a two-year construction period.
Cabinet has also instructed that this joint venture agreement include a clause which allows the Government to divest its equity through a public offering on the Jamaica Stock Exchange: and directed that the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport have consultations with the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) to incorporate considerations for heritage, culture and sport including the replacement of the Good Year Sports Oval.
- Joint Venture Agreement for the Development of Naggo Head Technology Park in Portmore
Cabinet also approved a joint venture agreement between the FCJ and CHEC for development of 34 acres and 810 square feet over a construction period of two years. The Cabinet also instructed that the joint venture agreement should include a provision for the Government to divest its equity through a public offering on the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
- Amendment to the Agreement between the Government of Jamaica and the Russian Federation for the waiver of visa requirements
Having reviewed the initial agreements of 2013 and 2014 which set out varying visiting periods of 30 to 90 days, Cabinet has given approval for an amendment to this initial agreement to facilitate the waiver of visa requirements for mutual visits of citizens of Jamaica and the Russian Federation to facilitate tourism and business purposes for periods not exceeding 90 days per annum. Drafting instructions have been issued to effect the necessary changes.
- Variation in medical gases contract between Western Regional Health Authority and Industrial Gases Ltd
Cabinet approved the variation of a contract originally awarded by the Western Regional Health Authority to IGL Industrial Gases Ltd. (IGL) for the supply of medical gases. This is in keeping with recommendations of the National Contracts Commission for the variation in the amount of forty-seven million, five hundred and fifty-nine thousand, nine hundred and twenty-nine dollars and thirty-six cents ($47,559.929.36)
- Cabinet also agreed for the award of a contract
Cabinet approved the award of a contract to Gulfstream Petroleum SRL for the supply and delivery of automotive diesel oil and unleaded gasoline to the Errol Flynn Boatyard in Port Antonio, Portland. The contract, in the sum of one hundred and thirty-six million, seven hundred and eighty-six thousand, four hundred and fifty-eight dollars and seventy-seven cents ($136,786,458.77) is for the supply and delivery of nine hundred and eighty-six thousand, four hundred and eighty three litres (986,483 litres) of automotive diesel oil and fifty-four thousand, five hundred and fifty-two litres (54,552 litres) of super unleaded 90-octane gasoline for a two-year period.
3. Rehabilitation and Expansion of Gayle Multi-Purpose Centre
Cabinet gave approval for the award of a contract to Marshal Construction Company Ltd in the sum of eighty-five million, one hundred and seventy-eight thousand, four hundred and fifty-nine dollars and twenty-four cents ($85,178,459.24) to execute the rehabilitation and expansion of the Gayle Multi-purpose Phase 1 works in St Mary.
Senator Ruel Reid
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