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Jamaica's road conditions to worsen, says Samuda
2013-09-05 09:18:08 | (0 Comments)
The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is insisting that the Government will not be able to implement any aspect of the Major Infrastructure Development Programme, for the current 2013-2014 fiscal year.
Karl Samuda – File
As a result, spokesperson on Works and Infrastructure, Karl Samuda, says Jamaica’s road conditions will get progressively worse.
In April, the Government announced that US$300 million has been secured from the China EX-IM Bank on a concessionary basis while another US$53 million will be provided by the State.
Last month, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller signed an agreement in China that is expected to release the funds for the project.
However, Samuda is arguing that despite the funds being made available, they cannot be added to the current budget without affecting Jamaica’s programme with the International Monetary Fund.
He argues that despite the highly qualified technical staff, Works Minister, Dr Omar Davies is unable to get much done because of the lack of working capital.
He says Dr Davies has had to be making the best of undesirable circumstances.
The major infrastructure programme replaces the controversial Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme that came to an end earlier this year.
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