President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), Professor Gordon Shirley, on November 1, engaged several stakeholders at the Jamaica Conference Centre with a presentation and discussion surrounding the proposed development of the Goat Islands.The proposal made by the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) is for the establishment of a transshipment port and an industrial commercial economic zone on the Goat Islands and on lands north of the Old Harbour Bay area, in St. Catherine, as part of the global logistics hub initiative.Professor Shirley, in putting the need for development in perspective, indicated that the rest of the world is moving in sync with the expansion of the shipping industry, which has seen ports along the east coast of the United States expanding, such as Miami, which recently added four new cranes.He emphasised that Jamaica must capitalize on its unique position of having the most favourable location in the region, particularly with the impending expansion of the Panama Canal. “We must deepen our channel to stay in the game or the shipping lines will go away,” Professor Shirley warned.The President expressed the need to ensure that the ports operate at world class levels. “We have to move in a direction of adding greater value to the cargo which comes to Jamaica and at the moment this is the single largest opportunity to do so,” he added.Professor Shirley also mentioned the impending privatization of the Kingston Container Terminal under a concessionary arrangement which would span 35 years, noting that there are three pre-qualified players in the tender process. They are CMACGM China Merchant Marine, Singapore Port Authority and Dubai Port World. The process should be completed by mid 2014.A report on an Environmental Management Scoping Survey of the Portland Bight Area, in Clarendon, of which the Goat Islands are a part, was shared by Professor Shirley. It was undertaken on behalf of the PAJ by Conrad Douglas and Associates Ltd.The survey was intended to assess and monitor the proposed project area, undertake detailed environmental and feasibility studies and offer guidance to the Chinese investors about the required development processes and approvals, which must be followed.The President, who was in his first day on the job, made it clear that the Environmental Management Scoping Study was in no way intended to replace an Environmental Impact Assessment, which would be undertaken after a Framework Agreement had been done and the project submitted to Cabinet for approval.Professor Shirley said the proposed development is important to Jamaica, not just for employment creation, but also for development of the maritime sector.Stakeholders included residents of Old Harbour Bay, members of academia, environmentalists and representatives of the private sector.A summary of the key points of the Environmental Management Scoping Study report can be viewed on the PAJ’s website at: www.portjam.com. Professor Shirley says Jamaica must capitalize on its unique position in the region. Story Highlights Professor Shirley said the proposed development is important to Jamaica for development of the maritime sector. PAJ indicated that the rest of the world is moving in sync with the expansion of the shipping industry.
UNICEF UK and Wheels for Change are encouraging 10,000 cyclists to saddle up. The 100km routes will start and finish at Barclays Premier League affiliated venues, including: • Cardiff City stadium; • Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park; • Fulham’s training ground at Motspur Park, South West London; • Liverpool FC’s Family Park, Anfield Road • Manchester United’s Old Trafford; • Newcastle United’s training ground at Darsley Park; and • Birmingham Road, outside West Bromwich Albion’s The Hawthorns. To register and find out more including how your money could help, visit the Wheels for Change website: www.wheelsforchange.co.uk. Cyclists across the UK can register for the Wheels for Change fundraising challenge. Seven 100km cycling events are taking place simultaneously on Saturday 24 May 2014, from multiple Barclays Premier League sites, promising to provide sports fans with a fantastic challenge, as well as the opportunity to raise funds for UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation. Wheels for Change, in aid of UNICEF and supported by Barclays, is aiming to raise more than £500,000. The money will help young people in some of the world’s poorest countries build a brighter future for themselves and their communities. UNICEF will use the funds raised to provide start-up funding and grants to help disadvantaged young people get their small businesses started. Funds raised through Wheels for Change will enhance the work of the Barclays and UNICEF Building Young Futures partnership. The global partnership, which began in 2008, provides disadvantaged young people with the employability, enterprise and financial skills they need to find work, or set up their own small business.Sir Chris Hoy said: “As a UNICEF UK Ambassador, I’m proud to support Wheels for Change. “Cycling transformed my life and now through this fundraising event we have the chance to help transform the lives of disadvantaged young people across the world, to turn their business dreams into a reality.” Catherine Cottrell, Deputy Executive Director of Fundraising, at UNICEF UK said: “Wheels for Change is an excellent fundraising challenge which will have a hugely positive impact on some of the world’s most disadvantaged young people. It is fantastic that this is kicking off at Barclays Premier League grounds, so register now to make a difference and boost your fitness levels at the same time.”Shane Hawkins, Founder of Wheels for Change and a Managing Director at Barclays said: “Wheels for Change will help disadvantaged young people to build stronger futures for themselves and their communities. What better reason to get on your bike – I encourage you to sign up to the Wheels for Change challenge and help make a difference.”