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Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Development, Dennis Morrison, will lead a four-member delegation to Cuba on Thursday (May 11), to finalise arrangements for the shipment of 64,000 tonnes of cement into the island from the Spanish-speaking country.
Minister of Information and Development, Senator Colin Campbell, who made the disclosure at yesterday’s (May 8) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, informed that representatives from Caribbean Cement Company comprise the other members of the team, which will iron out arrangements for the shipment of the cement, which would be dispatched in tranches.
“We have secured the logistical arrangements for the shipment of the bagged cement but not for the bulk cement, so when the delegation goes on Thursday, they will finalise the arrangement for the first shipment of bagged cement and it will be a shipment of 8,000 tonnes,” he explained.
The initial 8,000 tonnes, he informed, was expected to arrive during the course of this month, while another 16,000 tonnes would come into the island between June and July.
“Unfortunately,” the Information Minister told journalists, “we are having some difficulties in securing an appropriate boat for the shipment of the bulk quantities so I am hoping that on the arrival in Cuba and further to other discussions that they are to have, that those arrangements can be made and indeed, the full shipment, which will total 64,000 tonnes, can arrive in Jamaica.”
Meanwhile, Senator Campbell informed that Carib Cement was “back in full production and distribution.”
He said that the company had imported 38,700 tonnes of cement, which was dispatched for use on north coast hotel projects. He noted that the Ministry of Finance and Planning and the Trade Board had agreed to grant duty waivers to private sector importers of cement, but said that, “we still have not received any shipments from that group of importers”.
The Information Minister also told journalists, that the row that arose last week between the cement company and the Jamaica Bureau of Standards, stemming from the removal of the Bureau’s seal at one of the company’s silos, had been settled.