Procurement frustration highlighted by Opposition Spokesman on Finance

Julian Robinson and Dr Nigel Clarke


Opposition Spokesman on Finance Julian Robinson has again highlighted the frustration Members of Parliament with the current procurement system.

Mr Robinson was speaking in Parliament on Tuesday following the tabling of the third supplementary estimates of expenditure.

Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke announced that $8.7 billion would be reduced from the capital budget.

In expressing distress over the reduction Mr Robinson said the procurement system needs to be reviewed.

He cited the long delay in restoring the Troy bridge (damaged several years ago) which connects the parishes of Manchester and Trelawny as a glaring example of the problem.

Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke, in response to Mr Robinson's concerns,  said amendments will made to the procurement Act to improve the process and make it less onerous.

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