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The Infrastructure Committee of Cabinet has taken steps to ensure that projects are implemented more efficiently and quickly.

“Currently all presentations to the committee must have a report on timeline, indicating every step from issuing of Requests for Proposal (RFPs) to the point of submission. Each entity or ministry making the presentation has to explain any delay in moving the process forward,” Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, explained at the weekly Jamaica House press briefing, held at the Office of the Prime Minister on July 3.

“With this simple requirement, contracts are now being presented to the committee six months after the RFPs are issued, compared to a delay of 18 to 24 months up to a year ago,” she added.

The Minister pointed out that several of the steps in the approval process now run concurrently, rather than sequentially. Medium to long term measures will include the passing of specific procurement legislation.

Meanwhile, Cabinet has ratified the award of a follow-on contract for $364,301 to De La Rue International to provide preventative and corrective maintenance for the driver’s licence system.

Senator Falconer noted that De La Rue has been the sole provider of systems for the production of driver’s licences for Jamaica since 1984. The company also provides specialised equipment and security material to Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) for the production of driver’s licences.

“Their scope of work will include (provision) of the two-year licence system; provision of preventative and corrective maintenance for eight sites, including Kingston, Montego Bay and Mandeville; an annual systems check by a De La Rue engineer; and the replacement of peripherals originally supplied by the company,” she outlined. The new contract is for August 18, 2011 to August 17, 2013.

Contact: Alphea Saunders