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  • The Government will be seeking public-private partnerships in the development of water, housing and other critical sectors under the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.
  • Highlighting plans for the operation of the NWC, Dr. Chang said the objective of the Government “is to get the agency to be able to go on the market by another 36 months.”
  • Minister Chang charged members of boards represented at the meeting to focus on implementing the Government’s investment programmes.

The Government will be seeking public-private partnerships in the development of water, housing and other critical sectors under the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, said the objective is to mobilise private sector skills, technology, funds and efficiencies.

He was addressing a meeting with members of boards under the Ministry at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on May 5.

Among boards represented were National Water Commission (NWC), National Works Agency (NWA) and the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ).

Highlighting plans for the operation of the NWC, Dr. Chang said the objective of the Government “is to get the agency to be able to go on the market by another 36 months.”

“This means that we will, in fact, transform the entire governance and operations of the water commission while retaining its responsibility to get water to all of Jamaica and to do so at a cost that is affordable,” he pointed out.

As it relates to port development, he noted that the divestment of the Kingston Container Terminal, which is “well underway,” will facilitate expansion and improvement of operations.

“A lot of development …will evolve from that activity and the Government will have to ensure that we can manage that process,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Chang informed that a new law is coming to regulate the real estate sector.

“We will have one piece of legislation and one commission to govern the real estate sector. Currently, we have three boards doing the same thing (Strata Corporation, Real Estate Board, and Timeshare Board). We are going to merge all three commissions into one, so we will have one commission managing the real estate operations of the country,” he outlined.

There are 52 departments and entities under the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.

Minister Chang charged members of boards represented at the meeting to focus on implementing the Government’s investment programmes.

“We have no time to waste. That is why I brought all of you here today. A lot involves how we operate and get things done,” he said.