KINGSTON – Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Project, Hon. Daryl Vaz, has informed that Cabinet has approved the recommendations of the Sugar Industry Commission of Enquiry.
The Commission looked into and reported on the relevance of the current institutional, regulatory and pricing arrangements in the sugar industry.
Speaking on March 16 post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Mr. Vaz said that among the recommendations approved are: for the conduct of an operational audit of the Sugar Industry Authority (SIA); that the Sugar Industry Research Institute and Jamaica Cane Products Sales Limited determine their optimal manning levels and governance structures including an assessment of the appropriateness of the SIA’s movement to executive agency status headed by a non-executive chair; and the engagement of a legal expert to determine the appropriate amendments to the Sugar Industry Control Act consistent with the recommendations of the Commission of Enquiry.
Also approved is the commissioning of a task force involving the Ministries of Agriculture and Fisheries, and Transport and Works, the Port Authority of Jamaica and sugar stakeholders to develop a plan for an alternative port facility to support expanded sugar exports.
The members of the Commission were: Chairman, Professor Alvin Wint; Mrs. Marjorie Henriques; and Mr. Wilfred Baghaloo.
Mr. Vaz also informed that Cabinet mandated that the SIA immediately initiate a review of the cane payment formulae and process; and for the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) to review its avoided cost methodology (ACM) for pricing co-generated electricity to incorporate the actual fuels used to generate electricity in Jamaica.
By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter