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Construction of 360 MW plant to commence early 2014, OPM says

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 | 8:24 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Cabinet on Tuesday (January 14) received assurances that a programme to install additional power generating capacity is on track with the construction of facilities for the 360 megawatt plant due to begin early this year.

The assurance came during a special session to settle capital spending and Ministry priorities for the 2014/15 fiscal year with reports from remaining Ministries “in pursuit of its efforts to ensure effective fiscal management, foster stronger economic growth and increased employment,” a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said.

In the Cabinet session special focus was given to implementing procedures to speed-up business registration and other administrative processes to make doing business easier. It was agreed that this should be a priority consideration of the Public Sector Transformation Unit, the OPM statement said.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller also emphasised the need to ensure social inclusion and protection of the vulnerable by strengthening the capacity and cooperation of the Ministries of Land and Housing to speed up the transfer of titles to land-owners and settle tenure issues, especially in poor communities, the statement said.

Emphasis was also placed on securing adequate resources for the criminal justice system, including the strengthening of investigative resources, provision of greater mobility for the security forces, and a strengthening the court system to ensure the speedier settlement of cases.

The Cabinet also agreed that road repairs and the protection and expansion of infrastructure including the ports and airports are essential to the growth agenda and must receive priority treatment in the 2014/15 Budget.

Last month, Cabinet held a similar special session to settle the overall strategic priorities for the 2014/15 financial year “including the maintenance of fiscal stability, preservation of national security and justice, infrastructural and human resource development and social protection programmes, the OPM said.

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