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  • The Government is proceeding with plans to privatise the Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC) and Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA).
  • Regarding the privatisation of the Norman Manley Airport, Mr. Henry said he will be presenting a submission to Cabinet for consideration on the way forward.
  • In pointing out that an extension of the runway is being contemplated to accommodate large jets, Mr. Henry said “we are budgeting...and seeking investments for that.”

The Government is proceeding with plans to privatise the Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC) and Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA).

This was disclosed by Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, during Wednesday’s (May 5) sitting of Parliament’s Standing Finance Committee at Gordon House, which was reviewing the 2016/17 Estimates of Expenditure.

Mr. Henry said work on the JRC’s privatisation has progressed and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is being finalised with an entity that has expressed interest in operating the rail service.

“We are waiting on clarification of some issues from the company…which wanted to have cadastral studies undertaken to ascertain all the lands it (JRC) owns.

“We have to make sure that the people living along the rail routes are accommodated in the development plan. But rest assured, it’s full speed ahead, and I am hoping we may reach a decision …before the end of May,” the Minister told the Committee.

Regarding the privatisation of the Norman Manley Airport, Mr. Henry said he will be presenting a submission to Cabinet for consideration on the way forward.

Meanwhile, Mr. Henry advised that he will be meeting with the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) to discuss further development of the island’s aerodromes, pointing out that “we have asked them to include that in their corporate plan.”

Jamaica currently has three aerodromes. These are Tinson Pen in Kingston; Ken Jones in Portland; and the Negril Aerodrome in Westmoreland.

 

Mr. Henry said the discussions will include plans for the Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St. Mary, formerly an aerodrome, which was upgraded and officially reopened in 2011.

In pointing out that an extension of the runway is being contemplated to accommodate large jets, Mr. Henry said “we are budgeting…and seeking investments for that.”