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Enterprise team to submit report on lack of bids for NMIA by month end

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Enterprise team to submit report on lack of bids for NMIA by month end

by Patrice Walters

Transport Minister, Dr. Omar Davies, says he expects to get a report at the end of this month, outlining the reasons for the lack of bids, for the privatisation of the Norman Manley International Airport, in Kingston.

Speaking in Parliament this afternoon (January 12) Dr. Davies explained that in April last year, 5 international companies were short listed, to participate in the bidding process, to select a concessionaire, to develop and operate the airport.

However, at the close of the bidding process last December, no bid was received.

Concern was then raised by the Opposition JLP, as to why there was no bid.

Dr. Davies says, in light of the concerns, he has asked the enterprise team, to carry-out an assessment of the bidding process.

He adds that some companies have already expressed interest of possible participation in a resumed bidding process, should one be conducted.

Dr. Davies states, that as of December 2015, the process had cost government about US $1 m.

The minister also pointed-out, that the Airports Authority of Jamaica, is intent on continuing with the expansion plans for the Kingston airport, as the entity made significant revenue earnings, last year.

He says the development of the North-South Highway, will also contribute to increased traffic through the airport.

In the meantime, Opposition Spokesman on Transport Mike Henry this afternoon put his government counterpart on the spot, tackling him about his statement made in Parliament about the privatisation of the Norman Manley International Airport.

Transport Minister Dr. Omar Davies told the House that he expects to get a report at the end of the month as to the reason no bid was made by any of the 5 investors that had been short listed for the project.

Mike Henry asked if the investors failed to make a bid because they claimed that the rate of return would not make the project viable.

Mr. Henry also asked Dr. Davies if the bid bond contributed to no bids.

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