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OCG meets disgruntled contractors today

Balford Henry

Thursday, August 23, 2012    

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THE Office of the Contractor General (OCG) will meet this morning with representatives of the Jamaica Association of Contractors and Consultants (JAC), to discuss concerns expressed by local contractors about the process of registration with the National Contracts Committee (NCC).

The JAC is to be represented by a team led by its chairperson Percival LaTouche, which is expected to include representation by the Incorporated Master Builders Association of Jamaica (IMAJ) and the Medium, Small and Micro Enterprise (MSME) Alliance, as well as the JAC's attorney, Lord Gifford.

Contractor General Greg Christie had insisted earlier this week that because of security reasons he would only accommodate three members of the JAC at the meeting. However, he has since softened and agreed to meet with a four-member team today.

The contractors have been protesting against what they said have been the inadequacy of the existing policy framework to assist local contractors, the "onerous" registration and re-registration process, and the inappropriate criteria for grading contractors.

According to JAC Chairman Percival LaTouche, the contractors who are required to be registered with the NCC to access government contracts have been facing tremendous hardships because of the delays in approving their applications for registration and re-registration. "The situation is worsening with a weakening economy and reduced opportunities for private sector contracts," he added.

Following the meeting with the OCG, the JAC will hold a press conference at the Medallion Hall Hotel in Kingston.

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