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Parliamentary statements on China visit and Goat Islands expected today
2013-09-10 13:26:59 | (0 Comments)
The House of Representatives will resume its sittings shortly with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller who is set to make a statement on her recent trip to China in August.
Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller. – File
Four agreements were signed with China worth millions of dollars during the trip by Simpson Miller, other government ministers and technocrats.
Chief among them is an agreement with the China Exim Bank for a preferential loan for the Major Infrastructure Development Project.
Meanwhile, Transport, Works and Housing Minister, Dr Omar Davies is to make a statement on the proposed Goat Islands development.
Government statements in China that serious consideration is being given to a proposal from a Chinese investor, for the use of the Goat Islands as a transshipment port have resulted in a growing public debate.
Environmentalists have come out against the proposal arguing that any industrial activity on the protected islands will result in the destruction of the flora and fauna.
Concerns have also been raised that not much information has been forthcoming from the Government since the announcement in China.
The Jamaica Environment Trust has said it is willing to take use the courts to block any activity on the islands.
However, the Government has said no decision had been made on the proposal and all standard protocols including an environment impact assessment will be done before a decision is made.
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