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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Dr. Kenneth Baugh, will chair a Cabinet sub-committee, which has been appointed to make recommendations in respect of persons to be conferred with national honours and awards, this year.
Speaking at Wednesday’s (June 16) post-Cabinet media briefing at Jamaica House, Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, informed that other members of the sub-committee are: Education Minister, Hon. Andrew Holness; Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton; Water and Housing Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang; Health Minister, Hon. Rudyard Spencer; Youth, Sports and Culture Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange; Transport and Works Minister, Hon. Michael Henry; and National Security Minister, Senator the Hon. Dwight Nelson.
Mr. Vaz explained that each year, a committee comprising members of the Cabinet, is appointed by Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, to consider and select nominees deemed deserving of national honours and awards, in various categories. These are then submitted to the Chancery of Orders of Societies of Honour in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), to facilitate arrangements for the conferrments.
On another matter, Mr. Vaz said Dr. Tufton provided Cabinet with details on outstanding liabilities of Wallenford Coffee Limited, “which the Coffee Industry Board (CIB) will be required to settle.”
“Wallenford Coffee has been experiencing severe financial difficulties resulting in the company’s inability to meet their liabilities. These difficulties, as well as the Government’s drive to focus on its core business, have prompted the decision to divest this entity. The Government is endeavouring to settle the liabilities as early as possible,” Mr. Vaz informed
Wallenford Coffee Company is a limited liability company, which was formed in July 2004 as a result of policy decisions to separate the commercial and regulatory activities of the CIB, the Information Minister advised.

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