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Cabinet has approved the award of a contract in the amount of US$7,436,430 to Toyota Jamaica Limited for the provision of 159 patrol vehicles for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).

Details are outlined in a Ministry Paper tabled in the House of Representatives on September 18.

“Although not purpose built for military applications, the selected Toyota model with modifications has proven to be very effective for the purposes of the Jamaica Defence Force,” the document said.

Cabinet also approved a follow-on contract in the amount of US$594,184 to Canadian Bank Note Company Limited for the provision of maintenance and support services for the Jamaica Passport Issuance and Control System for a period of two years with effect from June 2017.

The Jamaica Passport Issuance and Control System is the arrangement whereby blank passport books are personalised by the Passport, Immigration & Citizenship Agency (PICA).

Meanwhile, Cabinet approved the award of a contract in the amount of US$856,532, plus General Consumption Tax, by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to Ceragon Networks for the upgrade of the existing power supply at the microwave ring sites from 24-volt DC to 48-volt DC, and to add a new microwave link to eGov Jamaica Limited as part of the upgraded work.

“The microwave radio infrastructure is currently used by the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JDF, Department of Correctional Services and the Bank of Jamaica for secure, reliable voice communication islandwide,” the Ministry Paper stated.