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Gov't misses deadline on IDB-funded project, must now foot bill

Dunstan Bryan, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Labour and Social Security Ministry
 
The Government will now have to find millions of dollars to fund a project for which it received money from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) because it has missed the deadline for completion.
 
However, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security is insisting the government will not lose the $14 million IDB grant funding.
 
Senator Floyd Morris, Opposition Spokesman on Social Security, had stated that the government was in danger of losing the funds earmarked for developing codes of conduct to accompany the Disabilities Act because the funding will expire on August 14.
 
Speaking on RJR's call-in programme, Hotline, Thursday afternoon, Dunstan Bryan, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Labour and Social Security Ministry, admitted the timeline will be missed. 
 
However, he said the $14 million will now be used to purchase assistive aids for children with hearing impairment. 
 
He also admitted that the Jamaican government will now have to foot the bill to continue the project to develop the codes. 
 
New consultant needed 
 
In the meantime, displeased with the work of the consultant hired to develop the codes of conduct to accompany the Disabilities Act, the Labour and Social Security Ministry is now seeking to hire a new one.
 
The consultant, who was engaged on a one year contract, was tasked with developing two of the seven codes of conduct. Those two codes dealt with employment and training.
 
However, Mr. Bryan said gaps have been identified in the work done so far. 
 
Mr. Bryan said an advertisement for a new consultant is to be placed in this week's Sunday Gleaner.
 
He is anticipating that the project can be completed within six months after the new consultant is engaged.
 


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