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Masterbuilders join opposition to Chinese firm designing gov't buildings

Carvel Stewart, Immediate Past President of the Incorporated Masterbuilders Association of Jamaica

 

Another group, the Incorporated Masterbuilders Association of Jamaica, has taken issue with the decision by the government to use a Chinese firm to design Jamaica's new Parliament building.
  
It has expressed disappointment with the move, saying the government is "insensitive to Jamaican heritage."

"A Parliament buiding in any country, in any nation, must be designed by citizens of that nation; people who have a love and a heart for that nation, people who were born within the nation and (were) raised and are a part of the culture of the nation - the culture is endued in them," argued Carvel Stewart, Immediate Past President of the Incorporated Masterbuilders Association of Jamaica.  

Some of Jamaica's architects last week said they felt insulted after a Chinese firm was asked to design the new Parliament building and government offices at National Heroes Circle.
                                                
The College of Fellows of the Jamaican Institute of Architects said there are local professionals qualified to provide design consultancy services.
  
But, in a statement on Friday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the plans for a new Parliamentary complex will include local skill sets.   
  
He said this was outlined earlier this month at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with China Construction of  America to scope the first phase of the project.



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