Letters to the Editor

We must manage China-Ja projects

Thursday, August 31, 2017

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Dear Editor,

Here is the big mistake in the Memorandum of Understanding with China Section 6, Project Financing: If the Government of Jamaica is the owner and project manager, then it is not the Chinese who should do the design drawings or determine the budget. This is the height of mediocrity in a major development project involving a sophisticated developer.

To ensure value for money there should be a design development stage where a third-party design consulting team (architectural and engineering) works with Urban Development Corporation and the Chinese to carry out design development process from construction programming to schematics to concept, to preliminary and final design development within the framework of an established budget.

China cannot do the design and establish the budget at the same time. This is a big no-no in project cost management. The budget and cost must be managed from the programming stage to final design document.

The Government needs to hire third-party architectural and engineering consultants to work as a team with the Chinese and the Urban Development Corporation with a budget established by the Government of Jamaica, not by the Chinese.

Silbert Barrett

net_sbarrett@hotmail.com

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