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b. Schools Energy Efficiency and Solar Project
A preferred bidder has been identified for the Schools Solar Project. The private investor is to undertake the financing, installation and maintenance of photovoltaic generation systems and energy efficiency retrofits in 30 select secondary schools as part of a pilot project. It is expected that negotiations will be concluded during the 2019/20 financial year to facilitate commencement of the project during FY 2020/21.
c. Jamaica Ship Registry
The Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) is to develop the Jamaica Ship Registry (JSR) and its related activities. Cabinet gave approval for the MAJ to proceed to the transaction phase for the management, operation and promotion of the JSR by way of a restricted bidding tender methodology. The transaction phase is expected to commence by the second quarter of the 2020/21 financial year.
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Capital Expenditure Capital Expenditure is budgeted at $49.282 billion, an increase of $4.480 billion, or 10% over the 2016/2017 Revised Estimates of $44.801 billion. This level of capital spending represents 2.6% of GDP, up from 2.5% in FY 2016/17.
Spending on Capital A projects (financed by local resources only) amounts to $12.246 billion or 24% of the total Capital spending. The Ministry of National Security has been allocated $3.0 billion or 24% of the total Capital A budget while $1.3 billion or 11% has been allocated to the JUTC received for the purchase of spare parts for the maintenance of its fleet of buses; and $1.5 billion as a loan to the Port Authority of Jamaica to support the establishment of BPO facilities in Montego and Portmore.
Approximately $37 billion or 75% of the overall 2017/18 capital budget will be spent on Capital B projects (financed with support from multilateral/bilateral sources). Of this sum, approximately 50% or $18.518 billion, the largest share of the Capital Budget, has been allocated to the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.
Social Programmes Social programmes for protected groups will continue to receive priority with respect to the allocation of resources, to ensure that overall spending in these areas is not eroded by inflation. Included are programmes for youth employment, poor relief, children homes and places of safety, school feeding, and the PATH programme targeting the elderly, pregnant and lactating women and children attending school.
To facilitate improved benefits under the PATH Programme in FY 2017/18, an additional $3.68 billion has been allocated, bringing the total provision to $11.47 billion, an increase of 47% over the provision in 2016/2017. The increase is allocated as follows: (i) PATH School Feeding Programme - $1.75 billion; (ii) PATH Cash Grants - $1.9 billion.
Total provision for Debt Service is $310,401.0mn, or 43.7% of the budget, compared to 41.9% in FY 2014/15 (Debt Service spiked in FY 2015/16 at 58.3% of budget due to the Petrocaribe liability management exercise). Interest payments are budgeted to fall by 1.7% over the outturn for FY 2016/17 to $137,852.9mn (7.3% of GDP). Domestic Interest costs are budgeted to rise 0.7% to $62,903.4mn, while External Interest costs are budgeted to fall by 3.5% to $74,949.5mn.
The significant rise in budgeted amortization is due largely to maturing Benchmark Instruments (BMI) in the domestic debt as well as maturing Eurobonds (bullet payment) in the external debt. The marginally higher Domestic Interest payments are reflective of the GOJ’s re-entry into the domestic market since February 2016. Notwithstanding, Domestic Interest costs are budgeted to fall from a projected 3.6% of GDP in FY 2016/17 to 3.3% of GDP in FY 2017/18.
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Public Bodies Ministry of National Security
Firearm Licensing Authority
Public Bodies, FY 2021/22 Page 202 Ministry of Finance and the Public Service
Firearm Licensing Authority
Firearms Act (the Act). Pursuant to Section 26B (1) of the Firearms Act, the Authority is
commissioned to execute functions including the following:
1. Receive and consider applications for firearm licences, certificate or permits;
2. Grant or renew firearm licences, certificate or permits;
3. Revoke firearm licences, certificates or permits granted under the Act;
4. Amend the terms of a firearm licence, certificate or permit;
5. Receive and investigate any complaint regarding a breach of a firearm licence, certificate
Summary Corporate/Operational Plan
Over the next four (4) years the FLA intends to strengthen its reach and capacity to drive compliance and restore public trust and confidence. During 2021/22, FLA plans to improve service delivery and effectiveness by:
• Developing a Delinquent Tracker Alert System which will allow the FLA to locate delinquent licence holders (and by extension the licensed firearms) including those who intend to travel out of the country using international ports. This alert system will assist with driving compliance and reducing the delinquency rate among licenced holders. FLA will be able to share relevant information with other government entities to assist in locating these individuals for possible prosecution and/or seizure of firearm(s).
• Undertaking the development (70%) of an Enterprise Management System which will eventually advance FLA’s processes through technology and efficiency in its operations.
The Authority forecasts an operating surplus of $160.34 million (2020/21: $28.60 million). The planned staff complement is 223 (2020/21: 181).
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(b) the certification referred to in subsection (3); and
(c) the prescribed application fee.
(3) The certification referred to in subsection (2) is the certification by one or more building professionals or, in the case of small building work, building practitioners, who carried out or supervised the preparation of the building designs and plans in relation to the proposed building work, that the designs and plans comply with the National Building Code, or are exempt from the National Building Code, or certain requirements of the National Building Code.
(5) The applicant shall cause to be placed, in a conspicuous place on the land where the applicant intends to carry out the building work, a notice of intention to carry out building work, which shall—
(a) be in the prescribed form and manner; and
(b) contain a statement that any interested person who is aggrieved by, or has objections to the carrying out of the building work, may register his objections with the Local Authority.
(6) The notice of intention to carry out building work shall also be placed in one of the following places in the parish where the applicant intends to carry out building work—
(a) the police station nearest to the land where the applicant intends to carry out building work;
(b) the post office or postal agency nearest to that land; or
(c) such other public place as may be specified.
19. Subject to section 20—
(a) an application for a building permit shall be treated as incomplete unless the notice of intention to carry out building work has been posted in accordance with section 18; and
Requirements regarding notice of intention to carry out building work.
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Section I. Instruction to Bidders 9
of the last three years;
(c) experience in Services of a similar nature and size for each of the last five years, and details of Services under way or contractually committed; and names and address of Procuring Entities who may be contacted for further information on those contracts;
(d) list of major items of equipment proposed to carry out the Contract;
(e) qualifications and experience of key site management and technical personnel proposed for the Contract;
(f) reports on the financial standing of the Bidder, such as profit and loss statements and auditor’s reports for the past three years;
(g) evidence of adequacy of working capital for this Contract (access to line(s) of credit and availability of other financial resources);
(h) authority to the Procuring Entity to seek references from the Bidder’s bankers;
(i) information regarding any litigation, current or during the last five years, in which the Bidder is involved, the parties concerned, and disputed amount. [N.B. The Procuring Entity reserves the right not to award a contract to any party with whom it is currently in litigation or with whom it has been previously involved in litigation]; and
(j) proposals for subcontracting components of the Services amounting to more than 10 percent of the Contract Price.
5.4 Bids submitted by a joint venture of two or more firms as partners shall comply with the following requirements, unless otherwise stated in the BDS:
(a) the Bid shall include all the information listed in ITB Sub-Clause 5.3 above for each joint venture partner;
(b) the Bid shall be signed so as to be legally binding on all partners;
(c) the Bid shall include a copy of the agreement entered into by the joint venture partners defining the division of assignments to each partner and
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