Cabinet in the dark about Future Krauck Talks


Information Minister, Sandrea Falconer, says Cabinet does not know whether Industry Minister, Anthony Hylton, intends to continue talks with Krauck Systems.

Hylton had announced that Krauck is interested in pumping US $5-billion into Jamaica’s logistics hub.

However, two weeks ago, Cabinet said it has accepted a recommendation from the National Logistics Initiative Council, NLIC, that negotiations with Krauck should be discontinued.

But Cabinet said Minister Hylton is free to continue engaging the company, if he so wishes.

Abka Fitz-Henley has more in this report:

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Senator Falconer said Cabinet has not been informed about Minister Hylton’s intentions regarding Krauck.

And she hasn’t been in touch with him on the matter.

Falconer is also defending Cabinet’s move to give Hylton permission to continue engaging Krauck in talks.

This despite Cabinet deciding to accept NLIC’s recommendation that negotiations with Krauck should be discontinued.

Some private sector and Civil Society leaders have described Cabinet’s stance as unprecedented, highly unusual and outrageous.

But the Information Minister said Cabinet was right.

Minister Hylton has been criticized in Cabinet over the Krauk talks from some Ministers who’ve described his handling of the issue as an embarrassment.

According to Senator Falconer – she’s not aware of such sentiments.

Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.

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