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JAMAICA | PNP wants Gov't to appoint a Port Authority Chairman

Featured People’s National Party (PNP) Opposition Shadow Minister of Transport and Work, Mikael Phillips. People’s National Party (PNP) Opposition Shadow Minister of Transport and Work, Mikael Phillips.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, January 24, 2019: The People’s National Party (PNP) Opposition Shadow Minister of Transport and Work, Mikael Phillips, M.P., is calling on the Prime Minister, in his capacity as Minister of Economic Growth and Job Creation, to immediately appoint a Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ).

In a statement today, Mr. Phillips said the Port Authority is operating without a chairman since March 2018, when the then chairman, Dr. Nigel Clarke, resigned to enter representational politics. He said it was poor governance and perhaps a breach of the Public Bodies Management and Accountability Act for such an important regulatory and development authority to be left without a chairman for such a long period of time.

Mr. Phillips said it was far worse at this time because the PAJ is a critical partner in the development the Logistics Hub, special economic zones, expanded port facilities, and buildings to accommodate new capacity for the Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) industry. “All these developments involve the expenditure of billions of dollars, including loan funds where proper oversight is required,” he said.

The PNP spokesman said the failure to appoint a new chairman is yet another indication that many important matters are being lost in the large and unwieldy Ministry of Economic Growth. He said it was also more evidence that the Prime Minister could not possibly provide appropriate Ministerial oversight for the huge number of departments, agencies and other critical public bodies which are included in this amalgamated portfolio headed by him.

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  • Countries: Jamaica

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