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JAMAICA | PNP Wants Justice for Tenants at White Marl Complex

People’s National Party’s (PNP) Shadow Minister of Industry, Competitiveness & Global Logistics, Anthony Hylton People’s National Party’s (PNP) Shadow Minister of Industry, Competitiveness & Global Logistics, Anthony Hylton
KINGSTON, Jamaica. February 10, 2020: The People’s National Party’s (PNP) Shadow Minister of Industry, Competitiveness & Global Logistics, Anthony Hylton,  says due consideration must be given to longstanding tenants at the White Marl Small Business Industrial Complex who are seeking to purchase the property. The tenants have stepped up their efforts following a decision by the Integrity Commission to halt government’s divestment of the complex.

Further to the Commission’s decision, the tenants have re-started their campaign for the Factories Corporation (FCJ) to abandon its efforts to divest the property. The tenants have argued that the decision vindicates their original claim that the initial bid process was not transparent.

They say that their representative bid submitted by Sammy’s Shoe, a tenant for over forty years, was unfairly treated, resulting in the recommendation to the Cabinet of another bidder.

The PNP Shadow Minister along with spokesperson Imani Duncan Price, championed the claim of the longstanding tenants at the facility, before Parliament and the Integrity Commission, arguing that the process was biased, lacked transparency and was contrary to the government’s stated policy on divesting such assets.

In welcoming the decision of the Integrity Commission, the Shadow Minister said in a statement today that he was not completely happy with the NIC’s decision.

“The Commission’s decision to halt the flawed bid process does not go far enough, as the FCJ is allowed to retender the facility for divestment in circumstances in which details of the original bidding process have been aired publicly, prejudicing the position of the longstanding tenants”, he said.

Mr. Hylton said, “Impartial justice requires that the FCJ further halts its attempt to retender the facility and instead invite the only other bidder, to negotiate fair and acceptable terms for the divestment of this strategically located asset.”

The Shadow Minister further expressed the hope that there would be an outcome in which divestment of the small business complex to the longstanding tenants would take place, consistent with settled MSME policy across administrations.

The Opposition therefore calls on the administration to do the right thing and support a fair and just outcome to what is already a messy process.

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