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Kingston Jamaica, August 3, 2015: The Tourism Product Development Company Ltd (TPDCo.) and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), today signed an agreement for the implementation of the 2015-2016 “All island Maintenance and Beautification Project.” The signing was done by Executive Director of TPDCo, Dennis Hickey and Interim Executive Director of the NSWMA Colonel Daniel Pryce.
It was duly witnessed by Minister of Tourism and Entertainment Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill and Minister of Local Government and Community Development Hon. Noel Arscott as well as other representatives from both ministries. The project will provide employment for some 600 persons on a rotating basis every three months.
“The consistent enhancement of our tourism product is crucial to improving our competitiveness as a destination and the work which will be conducted under this programme will contribute to this important process. Ultimately this initiative will boost the appeal of destination Jamaica and aid in attracting more visitors to our shores,” Minister McNeill stated.
“This joined-up government approach is the only way we can maximize scarce resources on behalf of our people. This project will provide a range of public benefits and encourage empowerment and the promotion of civic pride and it is important to enhance and protect Jamaica’s tourism product so that we and our visitors can enjoy the ambiance.” said Minister Arscott.
The contracted sum is Two Hundred and Sixty Million, Six Hundred and Thirty Four Thousand Three Hundred and Sixty Four Dollars ($260,634,364.00). Funds for this contract are being provided by The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).
The proposed works involve the Routine Resort Area Maintenance Programme of bushing and cutting of verges along roadways, pruning of existing trees and flowering shrubs, installation of additional plants and removal of garbage including the maintenance of the entire works areas for a period of twelve (12) months. The areas include: Kingston, St. Catherine, St. Thomas, Clarendon, Manchester, St. Elizabeth, St. Ann, Portland, St. Mary, Trelawny, St. James, Westmoreland and Hanover. The project will also include the maintenance of specific areas such as the North Coast Highway between Port Antonio and Negril.
The “All Island Maintenance and Beautification” program is an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment with a focus on creating partnerships between the public and private sectors and the communities in and around the resort areas.
The project will be managed by TPDCo, which is the agency of the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, responsible for the enhancement and diversification of Jamaica’s tourism product. Implementation over the period will be done by the NSWMA which is a statutory body established under the National Solid Waste Act of 2001 to manage the collection, treatment and disposal of solid waste island-wide.