Saturday 21 September, 2019

VIDEO: PNP defends Chinese land deal

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips (centre) addresses journalists on the controversial land deal.

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips (centre) addresses journalists on the controversial land deal.

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips Wednesday sought to clarify his party's  position on the North South Highway land issue.

Phillips in a press briefing said the benefits that will come about in the midterm and long term as a result of the construction of the North South Highway are invaluable to the nation

He made the comment as Contractor General, Dirk Harrison intensified a probe into the US-multi-million dollar North-South Highway contract between the government of Jamaica and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC).

Phillips said the benefits of the major development thrust that began in 2011, which saw hundreds of acres of government land transferred to Chinese developers were numerous and could not be ignored.

 

"The project has delivered a modern highway, significantly reduced transportation costs and flung wide open a corridor to new jobs, housing and tourism opportunities," said Phillips.

He made the comment amid claims that the Chinese have benefited from, among other things, extensive tax breaks, duty-free imports and no General Consumption Tax on tolls charged to users.

These are among the raft of concessions to China Harbour Engineering Company under the agreement for the construction of the North-South Highway.

 

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