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The Bill seeking to make provision for the fulfillment of Jamaica’s commitment to the efficient and effective staging of Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007, was passed in the Senate on October 27.
The ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007 Act, was also passed in the House of Representatives on October 24.
“This Bill seeks to reflect the rights of a company called Cricket World Cup 2007 Incorporated, and obligations of Jamaica Cricket 2007 Limited under what is called the host venue agreement,” said Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Senator A. J. Nicholson, who piloted the Bill.
“The essence of the clauses of the Bill is to provide for the procedures and arrangements that are necessary to be implemented to ensure the security of the organizers, players and patrons of Cricket World Cup 2007,” he added.
The law, which is also called the Sunset Legislation, is a required stipulation for the nine countries in the Caribbean region that will host Cricket World Cup games.
Participating CARICOM countries are required, as a condition of their hosting, to enter into an agreement called the Host Venue Agreement between ICC Cricket World Cup and Cricket World Cup West Indies, a subsidiary of the West Indies Cricket Board.
“It should be noted that this requirement for the implementation of the Sunset Legislation by countries hosting cricket events or matches is not novel. In fact, South Africa which was the venue of the last Cricket World Cup 2003, was required to and did pass the Sunset Legislation as part of its preparation for the event,” Senator Nicholson informed.
He noted that concerns have been raised concerning the freedom of movement of persons during the staging of the matches and events of Cricket World Cup.
“Having regard to the fact that the public may be affected by the declaration of an area known as a Cricket World Cup venue, and a time known as a match period, the Bill also provides that when the Minister is exercising his powers, he must have due regard to the rights and convenience of persons who reside or seek to do business within the affected areas,” Senator Nicholson explained.
He added that there “are no intentions to disturb any person in the enjoyment of his private property. Wherever the use of private property is involved, the consent of the owner must be obtained and such consent is a pre- requisite in relation to the closure of a private road”.
In the meantime, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Anthony Hylton, said the Jamaican Government and the country would benefit tremendously from hosting the event next year.
“The hosting of mega sport events has proven to effect positive change on business development, trade and tourism for the host cities and countries. The Jamaican Government views the ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007 as a significant economic opportunity for the Caribbean region and Jamaica,” Senator Hylton said.
“The government of Jamaica is looking to use the hosting of the event as a catalyst and an accelerator of change,” he added.
Cricket World Cup 2007 bowls off in Jamaica on March 5 with the first of four warm-up matches, followed by the opening ceremony on March 11, at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium. On March 13, the event moves into Kingston for six first round group stage matches, and one semi-final match at the historic Sabina Park. The ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007 Act will expire on June 30, 2007.