Jamaica minister gives update on port proposalOctober 29, 2013 @ 4:27 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - A Jamaican official says a study has reviewed the natural resources of the island's largest protected area as the government advances plans for a possible Chinese-financed port in the zone.
In a Tuesday update to Parliament, Transport and Works Minister Omar Davies said the study will be used as a guide for an environmental impact assessment.
A transshipment port is proposed for the Goat Islands off Jamaica's south coast. It would be in a protected zone that is home to three fish sanctuaries and a number of threatened animal and plant species. Environmental groups have strongly criticized the plan.
China Harbour Engineering Co. prefers the site for its proposed investment with a value of $1.5 billion.
Davies says a framework agreement could be in place by the end of January.
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