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Minister of Water and Housing, Donald Buchanan, is scheduled to meet with members of the Mexican private sector organisation, tomorrow (March 22), to discuss investment possibilities in Jamaica’s water and housing sectors.
The meeting, to be held in Mexico City, will see Minister Buchanan and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water and Housing, Genefa Hibbert, meeting with about 20 interested Mexican businesspersons.Speaking with JIS News prior to leaving the island to attend the meeting, Minister Buchanan disclosed that the discussions would cover all elements of both sectors.
“On the housing side, I will be speaking about our Joint Venture Programme, our Private Facilitation Programme and our Operation Pride Programme,” he said. With respect to the water sector, the Minister pointed out that he would present to the Mexicans, an overview of all the developments that are taking place along the North Coast, where the Government has already implemented major water projects in Great River and Martha Brae, Negril/Lucea, and sewerage treatment facilities in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Negril.
“I will then indicate what the investment opportunities are for the Rio Bueno Water Treatment Facility (Trelawny) and the Rio Nuevo Water Treatment Facility (St. Mary), which will provide for the expansion of the water supply system, all the way from Negril through to Port Maria, as an interconnected integrated water supply system for the entire North Coast,” Minister Buchanan told JIS News.
Continuing, he informed that the possibility of the development of desalination plants to supply the southern plains of St. Catherine would also be put on the table, as well as “the development of the Mahogany Vale dam and distribution network, to ensure long-term adequate supply of water in the Corporate Area”.