A crucial report containing the findings of an environmental and feasibility study on the proposed Goat Islands project is now in the hands of the Port Authority of Jamaica. The results of the study will help the Government determine the course of action in relation to the controversial proposal for the development of the area as part of the Global Logistics Hub. The study, which was conducted by the firm Conrad Douglas and Associates, will also assist the government with consultations on the project.
Dr. Omar Davies, Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, who confirmed that the Goat Islands report was submitted, explained what will take place next.
“The Port Authority has received it. Both the Port Authority and the Ministry will examine it in terms of the main issues identified and the parameters which would be set for the execution of the environmental impact assessment."
The Government has stated that it will adhere to all regulatory requirements, while seeking prompt decisions regarding the project. It has said it is giving serious consideration to a proposal from Chinese investors to construct a US$1.5 billion trans-shipment port on the protected islands.